LORENZETTI, Ambrogio
(b. ca. 1290, Siena, d. 1348, Siena)

Annunciation

1344
Tempera on wood, 127 x 120 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena

In this late and highly finished work Ambrogio abandons his usual earthy depiction of realistic and human detail in favour of emphasizing the almost Gothic elegance of the two characters. They face each other across a floor that is, however, painted in rigorous perspective.

The signed and dated painting was executed in 1344 for the City Council of Siena.