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The Annunciation, Giorgio Vasari

The Annunciation, Giorgio Vasari

The Annunciation - Giorgio Vasari. 216x166 cm

In this painting, Vasari uses the biblical motif that has become canonical for painting - the appearance of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary with the news of her immaculate conception. The painting is a vivid example of mannerism - the complex outlines of images, the abundance of drapery, intricate poses, many characters. All these details are characteristic of works in this style and for the work of the artist of this period.

Two large figures are depicted on the canvas - the Virgin Mary in freely draping fluttering clothes and a effeminate blond-haired archangel with golden wings, kneeling before the future Mother of God and holding a branch of a blooming lily in her hands - a symbol of innocence. Both characters are captured on a dark background, due to which they stand out from the darkness in relief and seem airy and light. Light falls on them from the front, from the side of the viewer, and comes from above, from a dove floating above them - a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Such a detail is striking as the place where Mary and the messenger of God met. This is a typical Renaissance room, with a stone portal of the door and a lush velvet canopy of the bed on which the Virgin Mary sits. This is also characteristic of paintings of that era, which used modern surroundings to depict past events.


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