Florentine School - 19th Century The Angel of the Annunciation
Oil on board
31.5 x 25.5cm (approx 12.5 x 10in). Unframed. inscribed verso.
The European movement called 'neoclassicism' began in Italy around 1750 in Rome as a reaction against both the surviving Baroque and Rococo styles, and as a desire to return to the perceived "purity" of the arts. The city of Florence later emerged as a major centre of 19th century Romantic art which was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, although artists also painted genre scenes often set against the background of the well known buildings of the city.
Our panel depicts The Angel of the Annunciation with the traditional attribute of this subject: the lily for purity. The Renaissance influence is evident in the face of the angel, and the neo-mannerist rendering is characteristic of the Nazarene movement which emulated the works of Raphael, Giotto and Fra Angelico.