The Annunciation of Chestello - Sandro Botticelli. 150 x 156 cm
One of the most distinctive Renaissance artists, Sandro Botticelli, whose images are easily recognizable and familiar to the whole world, has created several paintings dedicated to the traditional biblical story - the Annunciation.
The painting shows the moment when an angel descending from heaven informs the Virgin Mary that she is expecting a child conceived by the providence of God from the Holy Spirit. Her future son is destined to become the Savior of the world. Such news scares and surprises the future Mother of God.
The painting is made with very clean and accurate lines characteristic of the master’s work. An important role in this is played by the technique and the material used. Unlike oil paints, tempera gives a smoother surface, which gives the canvas amazing clarity and graphic quality. All the details of the painting are carefully worked out and completed. In this work, knowledge about the perspective was used, which is emphasized by the geometric pattern of the floor tiles and the architectural details of the background.
The darkened, muted gray color of the wall is beautifully tinted by the landscape visible in the distance. We can admire the shiny ribbon of the river, the spectacular figured bridge and the sharp spiers of the castle towers located on both sides of the river. The tones of the landscape are muted, greenish, olive and brown. Against the background of a dark, neutral wall and landscape, the figures of an angel and the Virgin Mary look especially bright and colorful.
A kneeling angel with golden wings is dressed in a reddish top dress, under which you can see a yellow robe. The virgin, humbly bowing her head and holding out her hands to the messenger of heaven in an involuntarily protesting gesture, also wears a bright puffy dress. It is covered from above by a wide bluish cloak with a black lining and a collar. The cloak is decorated with a fairly wide gold trim. Behind the shoulders of the angel and on the head of the Madonna is the finest transparent veil, masterfully portrayed by the artist. In the hands of an angel is a large branch of snow-white lilies - a symbol of the innocence of the Virgin Mary.
The poses of both characters are mannered, pretentious and unnatural, but the manner of writing and the elaboration of faces and small details is absolutely realistic. The folds of fabric on the outfits are especially impressive - they are lively, soft, perfectly shape the figure and lie completely naturally, naturally. The faces and hair of the characters are depicted with the same remarkable skill. Despite the fact that in all the paintings of Botticelli, the heroes are different, there is something elusive in their faces that immediately allows you to attribute the picture to the works of this great master.