Simone Martini ca. 1284 – 1344

The Annunciation

tempera on panel (184 × 210 cm) — 1333 Museum Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Simone Martini biography

This work is linked to Luke 1:28

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Archangel Gabriel (with wings) delivers the message to the virgin Mary. Martini takes this literally: he has words flowing from the angel's mouth to Mary. "Ave Maria, gratia plena, dominus tecum [..]" (Luke 1:28).

This altarpiece is rich in gold leaf. To the left Ansanus, patron saint of Siena; to the right St. Giulitta. They may have been painted by Martini's brother-in-law Lippo Memmi.

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