The Annunciation - Sebastiano Mazzoni. 154x112
"Annunciation" Sebastiano Mazzoni (1611-1678) impresses with the unusual interpretation and composition of the gospel story. Most of it is occupied by the figure of the archangel Gabriel, with the Virgin Mary carrying the news of an imminent miracle, the Immaculate Conception, and Her birth of the divine Infant. And although in the tender hand of the archangel a lily flower, a symbol of purity, you can still understand the young Mary, so sharply recoiled. The artist endows Her with almost perfect beauty, puts on red-blue clothes, traditional for Madonna’s iconography, but the impetuous movement of the Virgin seems to be the result of a reaction not so much to the news as to the unexpected and rapid descent of the archangel. This rapid dynamics is underlined by Gabriel’s bent knees, hovering arms, but, above all, the tornado-like swirl of his clothes.
Mazzoni was born and worked in Florence, then moved to Venice, where he lived until his death, creating also as an architect. Picturesque altar compositions reveal his special skill in conveying deformations from the perspective and mystical flashes of light, however, softened by color tints.