MAINARDI, Bastiano
(b. 1466, San Gimignano, d. 1513, Firenze)

Annunciation (detail)

c. 1482
Loggia del Comune, Collegiata, San Gimignano

It was supposedly Bastiano Mainardi, using the design of his brother-in-law, Domenico Ghirlandaio, who painted this fresco of Annunciation about 1482 in his native town of San Gimignano. This is largely a poor imitation of Leonardo's famous Annunciation. Only the lectern, the details of which are reminiscent of Flemish still-lifes, shows originality.

Recent research gave the painting to Domenico Ghirlandaio, considering that Mainardi was a mere fourteen years old in 1482 when the painting was executed.

The detail shows the right side of the fresco depcting the Virgin.