LORENZO DI CREDI
(b. ca. 1459, Firenze, d. 1537, Firenze)
Tempera on panel, 88 x 71 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
This small work is entirely based on the precise division of spaces and surfaces and is valuable evidence of interior decoration during this period (note the elegance of the carved wood which was widely used in those years).
It almost seems as if the central theme is not so much the event of the Annunciation as the room itself, which is entered by way of the small step of the simulated predella, and which leads out through a colonnade into an enchanting, orderly garden.
Depicted on the step bolow the scene are the Creation of Eve, the Original Sin, and the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden.