A Lombard Master
The Annunciation

15th century
Giorgio Franchetti Collection
Ca' d'Oro, Venice, Italy

As is conventional in this period, Mary puts one hand over her breast. But most medieval and later Annunciations put something between the two figures. This one not only omits any separating element but has Mary rise from her throne as if to approach the angel.

The Father can be seen in the upper left corner. Rays of light emanate from the quarter-circle enclosing him. If there was a dove flying along those rays as in other Annunciation images, it is not visible now.

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