LORENZO DI CREDI
(b. ca. 1459, Firenze, d. 1537, Firenze)

Annunciation

1480-85
Oil on panel, 88 x 71 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This small work is entirely based on the precise division of spaces and surfaces and is valuable evidence of interior decoration during this period (note the elegance of the carved wood which was widely used in those years).

It almost seems as if the central theme is not so much the event of the Annunciation as the room itself, which is entered by way of the small step of the simulated predella, and which leads out through a colonnade into an enchanting, orderly garden.

In the step below the scene: Creation of Eve; Original Sin; Expulsion from the Garden of Eden,