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Annunciation Donatello Giuseppe Lelli (cast maker)

Artist

Donatello Florence 1386/1387 – 1466 Florence

Giuseppe Lelli (cast maker) Firenze

Date ca. 1435 (original), 1907 (cast)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster cast
Dimensions

418 × 270 × 34 cm

Inventory number Rg.177
Collection Sculpture
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), Cantorie (Singing Galleries) by Donatello and Luca della Robbia, Gallery XIII

Donatello’s composition was originally made for the Cavalcanti Chapel in the Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence. It was made from gray sandstone, the so-called pietra serena. It is on this work that the influences of the master’s sojourn in Rome are felt in full for the first time. All characters in the scene are “in motion” — the Virgin, who is holding a book, turns in wonderment towards Archangel Gabriel in response to his greeting.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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