(active 1356-1372 in Venice)

Annunciation with Saints

Tempera on panel, 111 x 54 cm (centre), 94 x 24 cm (sides)
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

The represented saints are Sts Gregory, John the Baptist, James and Stephen. The signature and date are legible on the step of the throne.

The solidity of the central figures suggests Emilian influence, but the luminary sensibility, the coloristic and decorative richness, and the presence of a fresh, flowering meadow (possibly one of the earliest of its kind) foreshadows the International Gothic, which would soon dominate the figurative arts throughout Europe.