For a long time, disputes over the authorship of this picture lasted. Some experts believed that the Annunciation was painted by Ghirlandaio, while others believed that the painting was painted by a young Leonardo Da Vinci. However, after some time, scientists still came to the conclusion that the “Annunciation” refers to the early work of Da Vinci.
In fact, many of the details of this work are characteristic of the great artist’s work - meticulously painted expressive hands of the Virgin Mary, executed with particular precision, the face of the archangel Gabriel, which corresponds to the face of an angel in the “Baptism of Christ” and the landscape in the background, which often depicts Leonardo - all this is characteristic of the paintings of the great artist.
It is worth noting that the unknown author for some reason finished the wings of the archangel Gabriel, who brought the good news. Records of Da Vinci were found in which it was said that he sketched the wings of an angel from birds, so initially they were much more elegant and proportional to the figure of Gabriel. After changes by an unknown artist, the wings began to look more bulky and somewhat grotesque.
The features of the great artist’s creativity are also visible in the carefully drawn folds of the clothes of the Virgin Mary and the archangel Gabriel. The found sketches of the artist indicate that Leonardo diligently studied this skill.
Of particular note is the landscape of the picture, which is visible in the background. In general, Leonardo attached great importance to nature, since he was born and lived in picturesque places. Therefore, the picturesque landscapes have always found their place in the paintings of the artist, even if in the background, but clearly and colorfully depicted. By the way, Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the first to depict this biblical scene not indoors, but against the backdrop of nature.
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