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Possibly created in the master’s early career, this piece is believed to have been finished in 1492 and was transferred from an Olivetan monastery to the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence in 1867, where it currently hangs. It was not originally thought to be the work of Da Vinci, though, as experts initially attributed it to Ghirlandaio, who was an apprentice under the same master, although eventually it was understood as the very first work of art attributed to a young Da Vinci.
The painting follows the traditional Catholic theme of the archangel Gabriel informing the Holy Mary that she had been chosen by God to carry Jesus. A theme which demands a specific composition scheme, with the angel on the left, Mary on the right and a lectern between them, from which Mary reads God’s words astonished. The exchange takes place in a setting of anachronistic architecture, as was common, with an exquisitely detailed natural background.
Chemical and physical analyses conducted on the painting have found it to have been a collaboration between Da Vinci and his master Verrocchio, with the former painting Mary and the architecture, leaving the angel and the background to be finished by his student. And indeed, it is on the angel and background that we find the most obvious Leonardian characteristics.
The angel’s wings, for example, as detailed and realistic as they are depicted here, speak to Da Vinci’s love of depicting and understanding nature, especially birds and the mechanics behind their flight. The minute detail in the angel’s clothing, on the carpet of flowers, the lily held by the winged emissary and the trees in the background all speak of the artist’s sensibilities and pictorial talent.
Among some of the other interesting details found in this piece, it is interesting to note that it is probable that the lectern’s design was based on that of the tomb of Piero de Medici in the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence. Another aspect that has been raised about this painting is that its imperfections can show us a little bit of Da Vinci’s path of evolution as an artist, like for example the arguably awkward positioning of Mary about the central lectern and the marble underneath it.
Overall, quite an interesting piece, if not for its traditional subject matter, for its relevance in the understanding of Da Vinci’s early career.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Annunciation (Annunciazione), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Annunciation (Annunciazione) that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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