LIPPI, Filippino
(b. ca. 1457, Prato, d. 1504, Firenze)

Virgin from the Annunciation

Wood, diameter 110 cm
Museo Civico, San Gimignano

In the pendant picture to Gabriel, Mary has her arms crossed as she bends her head in reverence. The usual details of the scene are present, including a lectern on the right with an open book, the reading of which has been interrupted by the Angel's arrival. In the centre of the tondo there is a squarish picture on the wall; this picture-within-a-picture is a play on reality often favoured by painters.