One of the most famous and important Renaissance masterpieces in the Uffizi Galleries: l'Annunciazione by Leonardo da Vinci (1472–1475). The painting depicts the encounter between the Virgin Mary and the Archangel Gabriel in an outdoor scene, a notable innovation compared to the tradition of the time. Leonardo painted this work when he was very young, alongside his master Andrea del Verrocchio, and we can clearly see Vinci’s style on the Angel Gabriel, on the left, whose face bears a distinct similarity to other works, such as the "Mona Lisa".
The work has been astonishing visitors of the Uffizi since 1867, when it arrived from the monastery of San Bartolomeo, and today it's displayed in the Leonardo's room, with a new layout that enhances its beauty.
In the same room is the Adorazione dei Magi, a complex composition for the altar in the church of San Donato in Scopeto, that Leonardo left unfinished when he joined the court of Ludovico Sforza in Milan. The painting is threrefore almost just a rough sketch, but sure a fascinating one!