(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)
Annunciation (detail)c. 1435
Santa Croce, Florence
The gesture with which the archangel Gabriel is announcing the birth of her son to Mary is restrained. The slight upper part of the body, to which two voluminous wings are attached, appears to be contracted together. Donatello gave a gentle expression to the rounded face of the angel by means of his large eyes and the only slightly opened mouth.