The Annunciation

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The Angel Gabriel is sent by God the Father to announce to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the son of God (Luke 1: 26–28). This painting may have been painted by Uccello in the early 1420s: the figure types, the interest in perspective, the refined, decorative approach and unusual treatment of the subject are all characteristic of his work. Recent examination has revealed a lively underdrawing with 'pentimenti', including a change in the position of the Holy Spirit. With its lavish use of gold and ultramarine, this painting was an expensive image to produce.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



The Annunciation


early 1420s


tempera & gilding on panel


H 65 x W 48 cm

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Acquisition method

Fox-Strangways Gift, 1850

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