Filippo Lippi, National Gallery, London
Both the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artwork of the Day and Patrick remind me that today is the feast of the Annunciation. This is the day that the Angel Gabriel turned up on a young woman's doorstep with some overwhelming news.
I have a minor obsession with Annunciation imagery. It's been a fruitful subject for artists for a good long time, and the constraints have produced some magnificent paintings. Nearly every Annunciation painting contains Gabriel, Mary, and a lily. Usually Mary has a book in her hand or is otherwise reading. Sometimes Gabriel's words are reified in the painting. Sometimes God the Father is in the background someplace.
Herewith links to some Annunciation paintings.
- Hans Memling, Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Artwork of the Day)
- Workshop of Robert Campin (Merode Altarpiece), Metropolitan Museum of Art (Cloisters)
- Simone Martini, Uffizi
- Leonardo da Vinci, Uffizi
- Many more on Google Image Search