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This page contains links to Annunciation representations we have enjoyed during our travels in Western Europe.  As we did not make a note of these when the pages were created, the list will be slowly populated as we revisit places we have enjoyed, and explore new ones!. 

 

 

 

ITALY

 

 

Cattedrale di San Valentino, Bitonto (Puglia)

 

 

Terracotta reliefs in the Certosa di Pavia

 

 

 

 

Pisa Duomo Mosaic

 

 

Donatello in Santa Croce, Florence

 

 

Pontormo in Santa Felicità, Florence

 

Leonardo da Vinci in the Uffizi Gallery

 

 

Domenico Ghirlandaio in Santa Maria Novella

 

Porziuncola Chapel, Assisi

 

Fra Angelico in the Museo Diocesano, Cortona

 

 

Fra Angelico in the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie,  San Giovanni val d'Arno

 

 

Fra Angelico in San Marco, Florence

 

Templar Church of Ognissanti, Trani (Puglia)

 

 

Santa Maria di Cerrate (Puglia, S Italy)

 

Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Galatina

 

FRANCE

 

 

Byzantine Silver Cross - Cluny Museum, Paris

 

 

St-Gatien Cathedral, Tours

 

Cathedral Church of Ste-Foy, Conques

 

 

Notre Dame-la-Grande, Poitiers (West France)

 

 

Foundation Cistercian Abbey of Pontigny (Burgundy)

 

 

 

 

 

SPAIN

 

 

Fra Angelico in the Prado

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRITAIN

 

 

Melbury Bubb, Somerset

 

 

St Mary Magdalene, Pulham St Mary, Norfolk - Porch sculpture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some other Annunciations

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

Terracotta reliefs over the wash basins outside the refectory of the Certosa di Pavia

 

       

 

 

 

The tiny Porziuncola Chapel, where San Francesco started out and now enclosed in the huge Basilica of  Santa Maria degli Angeli, below Assisi.

Painting by the Tavolo di Prete Ilario di Viterbo (1393).

 

     

 

 

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Leonardo's Annunciation in the Uffizi (Florence)

 

 

 

Not one of Ghirlandaio's glam virgins, but none-the-less an arresting Annunciation in the Tornabuoni Chapel of Santa Maria Novella in Florence .

 

 

 

Franciscan Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Galatina (S Puglia) - part of a "Life of Mary" ceiling fresco cycle.

 

 

 

Santa Maria di Cerrate near Lecce in south Puglia - echoes of the St-Savin style plus a few local buildings in this fresco in the museum.

 

 

 

 

Knight Templar Chiesa di Ognissanti, Trani.

 

 

 

Cattedrale di San Valentino, Bitonto (Puglia) - crypt fresco (above)  -  west door lintel (below).

 

 

 

 

 

St-Gatien Cathedral, Tours  - soaring gothic cathedral of light and colour.

 

Mary with a gently resigned "I really don't need this complication in my life"  look is faced down by a steely eyed right-angle winged archangel.

 

 

 

 

The ultimate Annunciation painter - Fra Angelico in Cell 3 (above) and the stairhead (below) of the Convent of San Marco, Florence

 

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Angelico in the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie,  San Giovanni val d'Arno

an inadequate photo for the best painting

 

 

 

Angelico in Cortona

 

 

 

Angelico in the Prado Museum, Madrid

 

 

 

Pontormo - Annunciation - Cappella Capponi in Santa Felicità, Florence

what a difference mannerism made !

 

 

Detail from a Byzantine Cross of the 1000s - Cluny Museum, Paris

 

 

 

Donatello in the Tabernacle Cavalcanti, Santa Croce (Florence)

 

 

 

 

Notre Dame-la-Grande, Poitiers, (West France)

 

 

 

 

A more remote piece in the Foundation Cistercian Abbey of Pontigny (Burgundy)

Hopefully the new 2004 roof has now weathered to a more sober colour!

 

 

 

 

Cathedral of Ste-Foy, Conques - featuring Gabriel with toupée

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful Annunciation scene in a tiny pair of windows in the little church among the Melbury Bubb farm buildings in Somerset.

Mary is still in the "OMG you're joking" phase of the story.

 

 

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