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The Annunciation- Carlo Crivelli

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Post  eddie Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:42 am

Carlo Crivelli's homespun Annunciation

Jonathan Jones continues his series of best-loved wintry artworks with Carlo Crivelli's The Annunciation with Saint Emidius, a 15th-century reimagining of the angel's message to Mary set in idealised Italy, Tuesday 20 December 2011 12.21 GMT

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In European paintings, the Christmas story begins with the Annunciation. This is one of the most captivating, along with versions by Simone Martini and Leonardo da Vinci. But where all those painters make the angel’s message to Mary a moment of mystic rhapsody, Carlo Crivelli is gorgeously distracted by the setting – an ideal version of Ascoli in Italy, where he painted this in 1486. He includes the figure of Ascoli’s patron saint holding a model of the town. This painting shows why the popularity of the Nativity grew in the middle ages: it was because people loved to imagine it all happening in their own towns and villages, their own homes – in this case among Crivelli’s potted herbs, peacock and fruits

Photograph: The National Gallery
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