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The restoration of “The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico

The restoration of “The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico commented by Almudena Sánchez

The generous collaboration of Friends of Florence and American Friends of the Prado Museum, with the Prado Museum has facilitated the restoration of “The Annunciation” and other works not held at the Prado Museum and to be included in the major exhibition opening on May 28th: “Fra Angelico and the Rise of the Florentine Renaissance”.

The centerpiece of the exhibition, “The Annunciation”, was painted by Fra Angelico in the mid-1420s for the Convent of San Domenico in Fiesole, and is considered the first Florentine altarpiece in the Renaissance style, using perspective to organize space and forsaking Gothic archways in favor of more rectangular shapes. The Prado’s “The Annunciation” is today considered one of the artist’s first master-pieces in which Fra Angelico proved to know the transformations that were happening in the Tuscan art.

The main purpose of restoring the work, carried out by Almudena Sánchez Martín at the Prado Museum Restoration Workshop, is to recover the rich, vivid colors and intense light that imbue the scene. Both are characteristic elements both of this piece and of the artist's work in general. Spanish and english subtitles are available