Francesco Pesellino - inv. 1044
The angel is kneeling on the ground and raises her right hand while proffering the announcement; the Virgin, meanwhile, is intent on her reading, seated on a bench standing on a carpet and with drapery hanging behind her. The remarkable interior domestic scene in the background is enhanced with a simple bed enriched by a red cover standing on a low wooden platform. The arched panel is in good condition, despite oxidation of the paintwork. Originally it would have been the top of a small altarpiece.
Although not all scholars agree, it is difficult to doubt the attribution of this very high quality work. Francesco di Stefano, called Il Pesellino, was trained in the circle of Beato Angelico, but soon moved closer to the style of Filippo Lippi, by whom he was much influenced throughout his career and with whose workshop he had close contact.
This painting reveals several typical features of Pesellino’s mid-century style, such as the elegant sinuous line describing the figures or the painting of the flesh, with delicate chiaroscuro passages and warm colour tones.