The Annunciation

Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 956

The vase of lilies, prominently placed between the Angel Gabriel and the Virgin in this Annunciation scene, symbolizes both the Virgin’s purity as well as Christ’s Incarnation. The panel was originally part of the highly celebrated altarpiece that Sassetta, the renowned Sienese artist, painted between 1437 and 1444 for the Franciscan church of Borgo San Sepolcro in Arezzo. The Annunciation formed the central pinnacle on the back side of this multi-paneled, double-sided altarpiece. The panel has been the subject of considerable abrasion, repainting, and has been cut down in size.

The Annunciation, Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni) (Italian, Siena or Cortona ca. 1400–1450 Siena), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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