TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)


c. 1535
Oil on canvas, 166 x 266 cm
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

The angel in from the left, the hand raised in the gesture of the annunciation. Under the classical portico the Virgin seems almost belittled behind the wooden lectern, in a pose of resigned submission to the will of God. The intimate character of the apparition is underlined by the presence of everyday objects and animals: the quail, the fruit placed on the steps of the lectern, the half-open work basket.

This painting was originally placed over one of the arches of the landing of the main staircase which joins the Ground Floor Hall to the Upper Hall of the Scuola.