(b. ca. 1486, Castel Monaperto, d. 1551, Siena)

The Annunciation

c. 1545
Oil on wood
SS. Martino and Vittorio, Sarteano (Siena)

In the closing years of his career, Beccafumi tended to rein in his more extravagant ideas and also went back to painting calmer compositions that create a sense of silent intimacy. However, he never gave up his unmistakable and extraordinarily rich use of colour nor his love of grading the tone in his pictures from parts that were brilliantly bathed in warm light through to very dark areas.