Annunciation by Barocci, Federico

Annunciation
Barocci, Federico
1592-96;
Oil on canvas;
S. Maria degli Angeli, PerugiaBarocci's altarpieces reveal his precise and rapid response to the
instructions issued by the Council of Trent on religious art. The
Mannerists may have had a refined intellectual quality but they were
too often abstruse. Mannerism was now definitely swept aside. In its
place came simple images with an obvious flow of them, free of
mysteries or complications. Sacred episodes were set in the context of
everyday reality. This can be seen from the way Barocci includes the
Ducal Palace at Urbino in the background of this altarpiece in the
Coli-Pontani Chapel of S. Maria degli Angeli in Perugia, and fills the
picture with descriptive detail, including the sleeping cat in the
foreground. The figures' sweetness of expression is a direct reference
to
Correggio.

Annunciation Barocci, Federico 1592-96; Oil on canvas; S. Maria degli Angeli, PerugiaBarocci's altarpieces reveal his precise and rapid response to the instructions issued by the Council of Trent on religious art. The Mannerists may have had a refined intellectual quality but they were too often abstruse. Mannerism was now definitely swept aside. In its place came simple images with an obvious flow of them, free of mysteries or complications. Sacred episodes were set in the context of everyday reality. This can be seen from the way Barocci includes the Ducal Palace at Urbino in the background of this altarpiece in the Coli-Pontani Chapel of S. Maria degli Angeli in Perugia, and fills the picture with descriptive detail, including the sleeping cat in the foreground. The figures' sweetness of expression is a direct reference to Correggio.