“Blessed”, Sandro Botticelli, 1485 – overview of the painting

“Blessed”, Sandro Botticelli, 1485 – overview of the painting
"Blessed", Sandro Botticelli, 1485 - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Sandro Botticelli
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: 1485

Overview of the painting :

Annunciation – Sandro Botticelli. Wood, tempera. 19.1 x 31.4 cm

   Sandro Botticelli worked during a transition from quatrocento to the High Renaissance, but in his art there is little joy of the first and breathtaking greatness of the second. The artist has everything special in general – figures and faces, lines and forms, even the law of universal gravity is his own: his characters always soar slightly above the ground.

   In this small picture, Gabriel, appearing to Maria, still flies, which is visible not only from his trembling wings and a white plume that swells behind his back, but also from the air that fills the clothes of the archangel. And Mary, although she leaned on one knee, as if standing on an air cushion that carries her to the messenger. This flight towards each other visually suspends only a colonnade with a light drapery separating the characters. The movement is felt in angelic attire, the folds of which lie in bizarre waves, and in the flowing white curtain at the columns, but it is somewhat constrained by the strict interior architecture.

   The artist has deep colors, but also airy. In the cloak of Mary – a saturated dove of heaven and seas (in Italy, Our Lady is also the patroness of sailors). Botticelli’s sense of color was so subtle that there are many shades of white in the picture: the color of angelic robe, wings, lilies, marble columns or draperies is different. And all the colors of the painter are as if washed, new, not yet used by anyone. His paintings always reign in the morning.

   The years when Botticelli created this “Bratification”, “for talented people were truly a golden age,” wrote Giorgio Wazari. This time Lorenzo the Magnificent and his mug, where the artist was involved in art. This is the heyday of Florence.