The annunciation

Richard Hamilton British
Printer Roderic Hamilton British

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This print, which depicts a Hamilton painting hanging in a London gallery, was inspired by an invitation for Hamilton to exhibit at the church of San Marco in Florence, home to famous frescoes by Fra Angelico (ca. 1395–1455). In particular, Hamilton was attracted to Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, which replicates the setting of a cloister. Updating many of Fra Angelico’s themes for his own version, Hamilton replaced the cloister with the walls of Anthony d’Offay’s gallery; while a window grill becomes an air vent, the angel Gabriel’s glorious news now comes over a cordless phone.

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