Annunciation (Fra Angelico)

Annunciation (Fra Angelico)

Artist Fra Angelico

Date ca. 1440-45

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Fresco

Dimensions 7’1” x 10’6”

Housed at Museo di San Marco, Florence


This piece was originally installed at the entrance of the dormitory of the second Dominican convent of Florence, and was funded by Cosimo de’ Medici. Angelico frames Gabriel and Mary beneath a Brunelleschian vault, the two exchanging reverent expressions for the divine plan taking place. The setting is simple, and yet beautiful patterns (note the landscape and Gabriel’s wings), along with the fine detail with which the Classical columns are treated, help to impose a sense of elegance.