PIREZ D'ÉVORA, Alvaro
(b. before 1411, Évora, Portugal, d. after 1434, Italy)

Annunciation

1430-34
Tempera and gold ground on panel, 31 x 22 cm
Private collection

This small panel from the artist's mature period, meant for private devotion, was probably once the left wing of a diptych. This mature period is marked by a significantly increased observation of small details and decoration, and of the individualized physiognomy of his figures. The figure of the Virgin Annunciate reveals the significant influence of Lorenzo Monaco, while the wings of the angel appear to be a direct quote from Simone Martini's Annunciation in the Uffizi, Florence.