Annunciation (1818). Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (German, 1794-1872). Oil on canvas. Nationalgalerie, Berlin. This painting is one of a series of Marian subjects ordered from the Nazarenes by the canon of Dresden’s cathedral. Its Roman execution is attested to by St. Peter’s dome, rising in the background. Stiff, precise, with a loving re-creation of Albertian perspective, this archaising Annunciation merges Northern European and Italian 15th-century motifs in an ingratiating pastiche.