1849. Oil on canvas. Tate Gallery, London, UK. Read Note.
The Girlhood of Mary Virgin. The picture overflows with symbolism: the lily, an emblem of purity and also an attribute of the Angel Gabriel. The entwined palm and thorn in the foreground foretell the Passion. Behind the balcony is St. Joachim, Mary’s father, tending the wine, a traditional symbol of Christ