The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci 2 Inch Square Button
The Annunciation (aka The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary or Annunciation of the Lord) c. 1472-1475 by artists Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio is a vintage Renaissance Era fine art religious portrait painting. The Christian celebration of the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary Magdalene that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive a child who would be called the Son of God. Gabriel told Mary to name her son Jesus. The angel holds a Madonna lily, a symbol of Mary's virginity and of the city of Florence. It is supposed that Leonardo originally copied the wings from those of a bird in flight, but they have since been lengthened by a later artist. The marble table, in front of the Virgin, probably quotes the tomb of Piero and Giovanni de' Medici in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, which Verrocchio had sculpted during this same period. Some immature hesitancies are usually noted, especially the Virgin's ambiguous spatial relation to the desk and the marble on which it rests.