• The Annunciation

    Artist:
    Lippi, Filippino. 1457-1504
    Technique:
    tempera
    Dimensions:
    35x50,5 cm

Lippi, Filippino. 1457-1504

The Annunciation

Italy, mid-1490s

The Gospel story of the appearance of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary was often placed by 15th century artists in the interior of a modern home. Philippino Lippi has depicted the bedroom of a prosperous townswoman, with a massive bed under a canopy, an armchair and a table with a music stand. A few volumes and a candlestick with a burned candle make up an admirable still life. There is a striking contrast between the commonplace furnishings and the miracle of the appearance of the messenger from the other world. The angel’s wings shimmer in a shaft of daylight, his clothes billow in fanciful folds, while a dove is flying towards the Virgin Mary within the golden beam of light.

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The Annunciation

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tempera

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35x50,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; handed over from the Counts Stroganov collection

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ГЭ-4079

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