This was a commissioned piece by a local art collector who felt inspired by the story of the Annunciation. The result was an unusual perspective for the tradition of Annunciation art renderings. Mary is depicted in full vulnerability before the angel Gabriel who also happens to be taking on the posture of the crucified Christ foreshadowing the cup which Mary’s son would inevitably drink. The gold illumination around Mary’s body signifies holiness and her reception of the holy child. The large pieces of white marble signify white lilies which are a staple in Annunciation art signifying funeral flowers. The flesh tones in the upper portion of the mosaic and the blue tones in the lower section are references to humanity and divinity commonly used in iconography.