Arts Everyday Living: Celebrating the Holidays in Art–The Annunciation, A Renaissance Miracle

Fra Filippo Lippi, The Annunciation, c. 1435/1440, tempera on panel, Samuel H. Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Title: The Annunciation, c. 1435/1440

Artist: Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-1469)

In this Italian Renaissance interpretation of The Annunciation by Florentine master Fra Filippo Lippi, do the two figures appear almost like dancers. The angel Gabriel moving gracefully toward the Virgin Mary, his knees bent in reverence.  While she reacts humbly, her head bowed, acquiescing to the honor of motherhood that God has bestowed upon her.  The setting two rooms, though sparsely furnished, offering an environment of comfort and warmth where miracles can certainly happen.


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