(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

The Annunciation

Oil on canvas, 279 x 551 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

This painting came from the Scuola dei Mercanti in Venice, where it had hung above the door in the 'sala dell albergo,' flanked by grisaille personifications called Charity and Faith. The Scuola's emblem - a hand blessing the Cross - rests just below the apex of the midground tympanum, ,while in the foreground, on either side, the arms of the donor families adorn the bases of two columns.