The Annunciation (Oddi Altar, Predella)

size(cm): 45x85
Sale price£203 GBP


The painting The Annunciation (Oddi altar, predella) by artist Raffaello Sanzio is an Italian Renaissance masterpiece noted for its artistic style, composition, and use of color. This work of art is a predella, which is a series of small paintings that are placed below a main altarpiece.

The composition of the painting is impressive. The Virgin Mary is represented in the center of the painting, with an angel announcing to her that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. The composition is symmetrical, with the figure of the angel on the left and the figure of Mary on the right. The figure of the angel is in a posture of movement, as if she has just entered the scene, while the figure of Mary is in a posture of meditation, as if she is reflecting on the announcement she has received.

The use of color in the painting is impressive. Raffaello uses bright and vibrant colors, especially in the clothing of the characters. Mary's clothes are a deep blue, while the angel's are bright pink. The paint colors create an effect of light and shadow that brings the scene to life.

The history of painting is fascinating. It was commissioned by the Oddi family for their chapel in the church of San Francesco al Prato in Perugia. The painting was stolen by French troops in 1798 and taken to Paris. It was returned to Italy in 1815 and finally restored in 1959.

Little known aspects of the painting include the presence of a small dog in the bottom right of the painting. It is also believed that Raffaello included his own image in the painting as one of the minor characters.

In short, Raffaello Sanzio's The Annunciation (Oddi altar, predella) is an Italian Renaissance masterpiece that stands out for its artistic style, composition, use of color, and fascinating story. This painting is a sample of the talent and creativity of one of the most important artists in the history of art.

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