(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)
Annunciation (detail)c. 1435
Gilded pietra serena
Santa Croce, Florence
This picture shows the upper part of the relief "Annunciation" in the church of Santa Croce. The Annunciation is the first work to reflect Donatello's new tendencies following his stay in Rome.
Vasari wrote about the relief: "It was put near the altar of the Cavalcanti Chapel. For this he made an ornament in the grotesque style, with a base of varied and intertwined work, surmounted by a quartercircle, and with six putti; these garlanded putti have their arms round each other as if they are afraid of the height and are trying to steady themselves... "