Analysis of the Annunciation by Master of the Retable of the Reyes Catolicos

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Created by Master of the Retable of the Reyes Catolicos (also known as Master of the Catholic Kings), this is another version of The Annunciation, a very common subject for artists ever since the inception of Christianity. It was produced between 1466 and 1499 as oil on pine panel, and it stands at 60 3/8 x 37in. It is now located in San Francisco, CA in the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum as a gift from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The centerpiece of the piece is obviously Mary, though she is on the right side of the painting. In one hand she holds an open bible, and she holds her other hand up in prayer while she is looking down with her eyes almost completely shut. She has a halo surrounding her head as gold rays shine down on her …show more content…
The artist also used linear perspective to bring attention to bring attention to Mary. Everything in the house follows to a vanishing point that would be on the right side of the scene, somewhere near Mary’s head. Not to mention that Gabriel is looking directly at her and pointing to her and God is sending rays of light directly at her head. This all also helps create an illusion of depth in the scene. It puts them in a realistic place with God outside in the sky in a little space, and baby Jesus flying towards Mary. As far as proportion, everything in the scene looks to be fairly realistic in shape and size, except for God and the dove. Although God is shown to be far away by being smaller than anyone else, he still covers a good amount of the sky that is shown, this is mostly a non-issue, as he is God after-all, and it might be more disrespectful to make him even more human than he already is shown to be. The dove is also there purely for symbolic reasons, and is no way meant to be shown as a real dove inside the house of Mary. Not much is known about the exact history of the piece, but it is believed to have been commissioned for Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabel of Castile, also known as the Catholic Kings. Even though his nationality is uncertain, it is noticed by many that he borrows artistic styles from the north, most

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