The Annunciation

This panel, together with the 'Seven Saints' by the same artist, was bought in the 19th century from the Medici Palace in Florence. Obviously a pair, although not necessarily designed to be viewed together, the pictures were probably once set into furniture (perhaps as bedheads, or more likely, overdoors).

They were almost certainly commissioned by a member of the Medici family, since the Medici device of feathers in a diamond ring is shown below the urn of lilies in the 'Annunciation' panel. This may have been commissioned to celebrate the birth of Lorenzo the Magnificent in 1449.

The 'Seven Saints' panel represents male members of the Medici family. These same seven saints appear in an altarpiece for the Medici by Baldovinetti.

Paolo Uccello's 'Battle of San Romano', also in the Collection, came from the same Medici palace.

Key facts

Artist dates
born about 1406; died 1469
Full title
The Annunciation
Date made
about 1450-3
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
68.6 x 152.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Charles Eastlake, 1861
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Medici (Overdoor?) Panels

Fra Filippo Lippi
about 1450-3
Fra Filippo Lippi: 'Seven Saints'