LIPPI, Fra Filippo
(b. 1406, Firenze, d. 1469, Spoleto)

Annunciation (detail)

Tempera on wood
Frick Collection, New York

The depiction of the Virgin's shadow against the wall is astonishing. At this date it was still unusual in Florence to show a sacred figure casting such a precisely delineated shadow. It can be explained by the desire to affirm the Annunciation as a physically real event.