Monday, October 3, 2011

Botticelli, Sandro

The Cestello Annunciation
c. 1489
Tempera on panel
150 cm × 156 cm (59 in × 61 in)
Uffizi, Florence

Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445 - 1510) was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance.
His posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.
The picture was commissioned by the church of the Santa Maria Maddalena de'Pazzi.
Botticelli depicts the moment just after the Archangel Gabriel's arrival when he announces to the Virgin Mary that the Holy Ghost will soon pay her a visit as related in Luke's gospel (Underneath the painting on its original frame are words in latin : "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.").