White lilys are symbol of purity and virginity but there were not the beliefs of Christians that gave the flowers their meaning. Already in the cultures of Minoan, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire, white lily flowers were considered a symbol of grace, virginity and fertility. Painted in this particular scene they enhanced the mystery of the Immaculate Conception and served as an indication for those who did not recognize the characters nor the story.
Art is an endless field of hidden messages and hints; flowers, birds, trees and numerous objects… Hence our division into categories:
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