Simone Martini - The Annunciation and Two Saints (1333)
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Simone Martini (ca.1284 – 1344)
Altarpiece, tempera on panel (184 × 210 cm), Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
Archangel Gabriel (with wings) delivers the message to the virgin Mary. Martini takes this literally: he has words flowing from the angel's mouth to Mary. "Ave Maria, gratia plena, dominus tecum [..]" (Luke 1:28).
This altarpiece is rich in gold leaf. To the left Ansanus, patron saint of Siena; to the right St. Giulitta. They may have been painted by Martini's brother-in-law Lippo Memmi.