The other woman - Eve

  Look again at the Prado Annunciation by Fra Angelico. What's going on in the background? 
  Adam and Eve are being expelled from the garden of Eden by an angel. Adam has told God that it was all Eve's fault, which is somewhat arguable as he was a willing participant in the whole thing.
   Eve's disobedience has brought on all the woes of the world, including death. Mary's obedience to the word of God will redeem mankind and bring about eternal life.  One event is a mirror image of the other. 
  It is up to the observer of the painting to make those links, of course.  Don't explain everything, let them work it out for themselves. 
  Fra Angelico was a master story teller.

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