Filippo Lippi


117 x 173 cm; tempera on wood (FC 668)

In this Annunciation the angel comes from the right, rather than the left as is more common with this subject. The architectural setting, which plays on the angles of the pavement and the imitation marbles, and on the solid perspective cage of the space, recalls aspects of Florentine culture centred on Euclidean geometry. Another point that stands out is the accentuation of the outline. The panel is still in excellent condition, and though it has been considered to be a work of Lippi’s atelier, it was definitely produced by the maestro between 1445 and 1450. This painting came to the Doria Pamphilj Gallery in about the mid-19th century.

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