Angelico, fra, ca. 1400-1455

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Notes:Above the small dove of the Holy Spirit is a roundel with the head of God gazing upon the Annunciation. " the entire central zone, the place occupied by the angel, the marble is composed of blue and yellow nuances, two colors we can call "heavenly", inasmuch as they are the colors also used in the star-studded ceiling and, at left, in the "real" sky Angelico painted, an ultramarine sky traversed by a great ray of yellow light. But strangely -- significantly -- this "heavenly" marble is nuanced on the right, just below the Virgin, with hematite, incarnate, the same color that forms the Virgin's bosom and robe nearby, and the incarnate of her cheek. It is as if, at this moment, the marble itself was being incarnated, just as the Virgin in the red mantle is being covered with a heavenly, ultramarine cloak. There is something like a double movement, an encounter -- the covering of flesh with heavenly glory: a movement in the image of the very movement of the divine Incarnation." (Georges Didi-Huberman, Fra Angelico: Dissemblance and Figuration, University of Chicago Press, 1995)
Artist:Angelico, fra, ca. 1400-1455
Building:Museo del Prado

Scripture:Luke 1:26-38
Person as Subject:God
Lectionary links:AAnLo
General Subject:Annunciation to Mary
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Italy
ICONCLASS Number:73A523

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Attribution:Angelico, fra, ca. 1400-1455. Annunciation, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved September 22, 2020]. Original source:,_prado.jpg.
Record Number:47865 Last Updated: 2017-03-29 10:59:41 Record Created: 2006-11-16 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition