The Cestello Annunciation by Botticelli
The Cestello Annunciation
1489-90, tempera on panel,
150 x 156 cm,
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
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In the Cestello Annunciation by Early Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli, the artist
depicts the moment just after the Archangel Gabriel's arrival when he announces to the Virgin Mary that the Holy Ghost will soon pay her a
visit as related in Luke's gospel.
Botticelli has structured the room using Brunelleschi's perspective.
Commissioned in 1489, the Cestello Annunciation by Botticelli was painted for the Florentine convent of Cestello (now Santa Maria
Maddalena de'Pazzi) in Borgo Pinti.
Botticelli's use of perspective in the Cestello Annunciation
takes the viewer through the room along the orthogonal lines of the floor tiles to a point in the far distant landscape. The structured room
setting of the Cestello Annunciation by Botticelli with its geometric lines contrasts with the figures painted in a lively manner with
vibrant, flowing draperies.
As Gabriel kneels before Mary, Botticelli depicts him with an open mouth indicating the flow of words which are inscribed beneath him in
Latin on the original frame of the painting.
Brenda Harness, Art Historian