The Virgin Annunciate, Human and Divine: The Annunciation to Mary in Fifteenth-Century Florentine Art

Lombardi, Sara E (2000) The Virgin Annunciate, Human and Divine: The Annunciation to Mary in Fifteenth-Century Florentine Art. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The Annunciation to Mary, the moment of Christ's Incarnation and the moment in which Mary becomes divine in addition to human, and her humility and strength become recognized, is a theme loaded with significance in fifteenth-century Florence. I will examine the theme of the Annunciation and explain and illustrate the various roles and character traits of Mary reflected in the scene and how several artists portrayed them in various media. I will attempt to demonstrate how her roles and character traits served as behavioral models in fifteenth-century Florentine society. I will also provide examples of the scene, which illustrate each of the five categories of "Angelic Colloquy" of Mary's response to the proposal of Gabriel, God's messenger, as conceived by Fra Roberto Caracciolo. I will consider how different portrayals were intended for particular locations and why patron and artist chose specific depictions. The Annunciation is an interesting theme to look at in our current time as it is the change of the Millenium and there is much contemplation about Christ's Second Coming.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Adviser: Francis Thomas
Keywords: Art history
Date of Award: 2000
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2000-76275
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 16:11
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 16:11
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/76275

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