(b. 1449, Firenze, d. 1494, Firenze)
Birth of Mary (detail)1486-90
Cappella Tornabuoni, Santa Maria Novella, Florence
In the top left-hand corner, almost unnoticed on the steps, we see Anne and Joachim embrace. This represents the kiss at the Golden Gate, which, through the will of God, made Anne pregnant after years of being barren. Ludovica Tornabuoni, followed by four companions, is walking towards the bed in order to visit the woman who has just given birth. This young girl, who is depicted in profile, is wearing a magnificent brocade garment and standing very upright, like the pillar behind her, unmoving and proud.