Having established himself as a favourite with the Medici family, there was little to prevent Fra Angelico from becoming one of the key figures in the Early Renaissance. This particular fresco is dated loosely at 1437-1446 and would not have taken nine years by itself, reflecting the difficulty that exists in dating art from the 15th century accurately. The artist would use his highly skilled assistants to help out on larger pieces but this work would not have required anything additional to the talent and experience of this wonderful artist. Indeed, at this point in his career he would have been at his pinnacle, both technically and also in terms of financial and political backing.

Beyond the various depictions of the Annunciation by Fra Angelico, this theme has been covered by other famous names such as Leonardo da Vinci with his version of the Annunciation from 1472-1475. There were also stunning productions from master such as Titian and Peter Paul Rubens. Christian themes more generally appeared frequently throughout the Renaissance and Baroque eras, meaning they were most prominent in nations such as Italy, Spain and Northern Europe. The powerful scenes with iconic figures were perfectly suited to the visual arts, and during that time it was also the religious institutions who tended to offer the most impressive commissions.

Current Location of The Annunciation

Further Annunciation Paintings by Fra Angelico

Over a period of around two decades the artist would produce many different interpretations of the Annunciation, with two other notable examples being Annunciation of Cortona and Annunciation with Saint Peter Martyr.

Annunciation (Fra Angelico, San Marco)