(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)
Virgin Mary Annunciate1431-33
Tempera and gold on panel, 31 x 26 cm
Institute of Arts, Detroit
Two panels in Detroit represent the Annunciation at the moment when the angel Gabriel greets the Virgin. She responds in a gesture of humble acceptance, crossing her arms over her chest. In her right hand she holds a small red bound book. She has marked the place by her finger.
The original provenance and function of these two panels is uncertain. Though they are clearly fragments, it has never been ascertained whether they had been cut out of a larger composition, were the subsidiary part of an altarpiece, or constituted the wings of a diptych