The Angel and the Annunciation (1333) by Simone Martini

The Angel and the Annunciation - Simone Martini - 1333

Artwork Information

TitleThe Angel and the Annunciation
ArtistSimone Martini
MediumTempera on panel
Dimensions305 x 265 cm
Current LocationUffizi, Florence

About The Angel and the Annunciation

The Angel Of The Annunciation is one of the most renowned religious paintings of Simone Martini. This triptych was painted in 1333 for the Siena Cathedral, and it is now preserved in the Uffizi, Florence. Additionally, a “Sant’Ansano” triptych was also created. Although there were differing opinions about it’s authorship, almost everyone agreed that it was a work by the Sienese master. With his autograph signature reading “One His Autograph Work By Simone Martinii”, it was fully attributed to him. Furthermore, he collaborated with his brother Lippo Memmi on many of his works as well.

The painting depicts angel Gabriel appearing before Mary to tell her of Jesus’ forthcoming birth. This momentous event is artfully captured and made more mystical through the enrobing architecture which factors seamlessly into the painting’s spirit; encouraging the spiritual to come forth. With precise brushstrokes and muted colors Martini drew out a symbiosis between his religious iconography and artistic talent; resulting in this remarkable crowning achievement of The Angel Of The Annunciation painted in 1333 by Simone Martini. This highly revered art piece illustrates why one should never understate creative collaborations and thus stands testament to the power of artistry when minds are synchronized together as inspirations had lead them to be.

This painting also serves as an inspiration for artist Reginald Marsh who created Why Not Use The L?, a 1930 oil-on-canvas painting depicting a similar type of sanctity as seen in Bedroom at Arles c 1889 – one person entering another’s space uninvited with the presence of an unknown force hovering around like an ambient ghostly aura. Both paintings capture events from different points on history through similar dynamics – poignantly illustrating how creativity transcends space and time even today!

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