Botticelli ca. 1445 – 1510

The Annunciation

tempera on panel (19 × 31 cm) — c. 1485 Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Botticelli biography

This work is linked to Luke 1:28

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The angel Gabriel greets the virgin Mary. The bedroom curtains are drawn back, so we can see her kneeling. Golden rays of light accompany the angel.

Botticelli applied linear perspective to create depth in the painting.

This small panel with gold and tempera was probably made for domestic purposes. The patron is not known.

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