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Uffizi Gallery: "Annunciation" - again in color

The painting “The Annunciation” by the Italian artist Alessio Baldovinetti (c. 1425 - 1499) was restored by the specialists of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The work of the master of the early Renaissance regained initially bright colors, which the master at one time paid a lot of attention.

An artist from ancient times, Baldovinetti left not too much information about himself, however, as the pictures. The son of a wealthy merchant of Florence, he was enrolled in the guild of St. Luke in 1448 - "Alesso Baldovinetti, the artist." We don’t know the teachers, the style points to the school of Domenico Veneziano and Fra Angelico. The artist was a follower of the group, as they say today, “scientific realists and naturalists in art,” along with Domenico Veneziano. Known artist's student - Domenico Ghirlandaio, the frescoes of which you can spend time in the famous church of Santa Trinita - Sassetti Chapel.

The Martyrdom of Saint Lucia Domenico Veneziano1445, 25 × 29 cmAllesso himself devoted a lot of time to frescoes, stained glass windows and mosaics, and “Annunciation” was one of his “technical” experiments. He wanted to find an alternative to frescoes, and the work was written in tempera on wood. Baldovinetti also did not shy away from gold - he tried to write on the golden ground, experimented with different ways of priming the canvas and the board. He worked on the composition of his paintings in a new way, he loved the clarity and "rhythm" of the lines, the clear alternation of colors. In general, there is something to appreciate the work of an innovator of the 15th century! It was created ok. 1457 for the local church of San Giorgio alla Costa, and since then has considerably faded. For the “new-old” colors of the work we today thank the restorers of the Uffizi Gallery, Lucia and Andrea Dory.By the way, in 1462 Baldovinetti created a large fresco “The Annunciation” for the basilica of Santissima Annunziata (only fragments remain). But in the same church you can see another, one of the best frescoes of the artist - “The Nativity of Jesus” (1460 -1462). By the way, compare colors ... And go for vivid impressions to the museum!