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Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary), 1891. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.2) | Before embarking on a series of pictures inspired by Polynesian religious beliefs, Gauguin devoted his first major Tahitian canvas to a Christian theme. The title of this work refers to the angel Gabriel's first words to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation; "Ia orana" is the standard greeting in Tahiti. #OneMetManyWorlds

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903). Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary), 1891. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.2) | Before embarking on a series of pictures inspired by Polynesian religious beliefs, Gauguin devoted his first major Tahitian canvas to a Christian theme. The title of this work refers to the angel Gabriel's first words to the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation; "Ia orana" is the standard greeting in Tahiti. #OneMetManyWorlds

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