Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, painted between 1472 and 1475, is a masterpiece by the Renaissance polymath on display in the Uffizi Gallery.
The painting depicts the encounter between the Virgin Mary and the Archangel Gabriel in an entirely innovative way, since tradition dictated that the scene should be set in a closed environment, but here the characters are shown outdoors although the classicism of the figures’ positions remains unchanged, with the Virgin Mary on the right and the Archangel Gabriel facing her on the opposite side.
The Virgin Mary sits in a corner of a building, placed behind a sarcophagus decorated in classical motifs sculpted by Andrea del Verrocchio. The holy lady is leafing a book with her right hand, while gesturing acceptance with her left hand. The archangel has just landed on the grass and is closing his wings, unlike traditionally painted angels he does not have peacock wings. He is blessing Mary with one hand and holds a lily as a symbol of purity with the other hand.
The foreground is divided from the background by a low wall and we can see a river, mountains and trees in the scenery. The characters are painted in a great detail, while the more distant objects are shrouded in mist.