Venetian School
The Annunciation

16th century
Church of San Vidal, Venice

As in Tintoretto's treatment in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the angel in this Annunciation flies into the scene and is not separated from Mary by any architectural element. Also like Tintoretto, the artist has sought to deal with the word "overshadow" in Luke 1, "the power of the most high will overshadow you." The cornice and the cavorting putti cast a shadow on the right side of Mary's face, neck, and shoulders.

In the clouds above, the Father sends down the Holy Spirit, traditionally pictured in Annunciations as a dove. A beam of light emerges from the dove's beak, lights up the knee of one of the putti below, and seems to illuminate the left side of Mary's face.

Usually Mary is kneeling when she is pictured at a book stand with a Bible. Here she is seated instead.

And what on earth are those cavorting putti up to?

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.