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JESUS’S GENESIS. In this scene, also illustrated by the 14th-century Armenian miniaturist Toros Taronatsi, the angel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary and tells her that she will give birth to the messiah. The Holy Spirit, visualized as a dove, comes upon Mary and causes her to conceive. According to tradition, the Annunciation took place at a well, represented by the water pitcher and fountain.