SIMONE MARTINI
(b. 1280/85, Siena, d. 1344, Avignon)

The Annunciation and the Two Saints (detail)

1333
Tempera on wood, 265 x 305 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

From the Chapel of Sant'Ansano in the Cathedral of Siena. A late work in which the precious enamel of the colour and the vibrant undulation of the line are carried to the very highest degree. The two lateral saints, St Ansanus and St Margaret, were painted on Simone's design by his pupil and brother-in-law Lippo Memmi.