Annunciation
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The fifteenth-century Florentine friar Roberto Caracciolo identifies three aspects of the Annunciation: the Angelic Mission, the Angelic Salutation and the Angelic Colloquy, and others have followed him in discussing the five successive 'laudable conditions of the virgin', stages of the event depicted in pre-Renaissance and Renaissance art. The author's positive imagining of the malignant tumour, and especially his aversion to displaced conversations about childbirth, is long-standing attraction to the scene of the Annunciation in Western art.

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