The Annunciation - Simone Martini. 265x305
In the work of Simone Martini (circa 1284-1344), a representative of the Siena school, features of late Gothic style with its decorative features and elongated graceful bodies were combined with the peculiarities of the Proto-Renaissance painting.
The artist wrote the Annunciation for the altar of St. Ansanius in the Cathedral of Siena. The figure of Mary looms against a gold background, symbolizing the sky, restrained, flowing silhouette. The figure of the archangel Gabriel, which was whimsical in shape, its still flying wings, a cloak fluttering behind, brings a feeling of air and wind into the room. From the heavenly messenger to Mary in the picture are the words from the Gospel: “Rejoice, Grace, Lord be with you” (Luke 1:28), and this subtle connection looks like a part of the ornament that the lines and colors form. Everything caresses the eye: bright angel wings and white lilies standing in a vase are a symbol of Mary's purity and purity, and lines, and a combination of colors in the picture.
The images in the central scene are fragile, ethereal, as if covered with mountain air. Compared to them, Saint Ansanius and Saint Julitta, depicted in the lateral parts of the altar, are written out in more volume, which led researchers to think if this was a creation by Lippo Memmy, whose signature also stands under the picture. However, the artist’s pupil most likely only gilded the frame, and he painted the saints of Martini himself and depicted them more vividly to emphasize the unearthly spirit of the presented scene.