The Annunciation

Cossa, Francesco del (1436-1478) | Painter


The discovery of how to apply perspective was one of the most important advances of the Renaissance. Here, the Ferrarese artist demonstrates in an exemplary way how all the lines of the architecture vanish towards a single point. This makes the rooms appear real. The altarpiece shows the Archangel Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and give birth to Jesus. The snail is a symbol of Mary’s virginity. The altar also includes the base (predella) depicting the Nativity.

Material & Technique
Tempera on poplar panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1470/72
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 43