Standing athwart history, yelling 'WTF'


Carlo Crivelli - The Annunciation with Saint Emidius; The National Gallery, London, England; 1486

"…on March 22nd, 1482, Pope Sixtus IV issued a special bulla, restoring the rights of municipal self-government. The Pontiff’s message, Libertas ecclesiastica, reached its destination on March 25th, on the Day of the Annunciation, which was then and there declared a municipal holiday. At the same time, Carlo Crivelli received the order for the altarpiece entitled the Annunciation for Santissima Annunziata (completed in 1486). Since Crivelli understood the full significance of this painting, he strove not merely to depict the biblical event, but also represent the exceptional circumstances that attended on the order."

- Hermitage Museum
  • 6 February 2013
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