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The archangel Gabriel kneels, raising his right hand in greeting to Mary and indicating her divine pregnancy. Painting of The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1472.  Painting by Leonardo da Vinci (public domain), courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Painting by Leonardo da Vinci (public domain), courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Angels have been portrayed in many works of art such as Leonardo da Vinci's "The Annunciation," which depicts the moment Gabriel told Mary that she would give birth to Jesus.

Advent Quiz: Who told Mary that she would bear the Son of God?