The Annunciation Altarpiece 1426: Canvas Replica Painting: Small
By artist Fra Angelico (1395-1455), in the Museo del Prado, Madrid
The story of God's grace - from the expulsion from Paradise to the announcement of salvation for humanity - is depicted in this amazingly detailed Gothic Italian-style panel. Painted for the Convent of Santo Domenico near Florence, this work was another of Fra Angelico's religious subjects, all part of his unfolding understanding of art as an aspect of religious devotion. The authentic stretched canvas replica painting captures the original work's texture, depth of color, and even its subtle brushstrokes, which are applied by hand exclusively for Design Toscano. With bas-relief organic styling, the multi-tiered, replica European style frame is cast in quality designer resin and highlighted with an aged gold-toned finish.
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Small: 15"Wx13.5"H framed (9"Wx7.5"H image size, 3.25"W frame)
Medium: 25.5"Wx22"H framed (19.5"Wx16"H image size, 3.25"W frame)
Large: 39"Wx33"H framed (33"Wx27"H image size, 3.25"W frame)
Grande: 45.5"Wx38"H framed (39.5"Wx32"H image size, 3.25"W frame)
Fra Angelico (1395-1445)

Fra Angelico was born in Vicchio, Tuscany and received early training as an illustrator, but the true passion of his life was the church and the ascetic lifestyle to which he devoted himself. One of his earliest known paintings, Annunciation, is one of the first ever paintings to be depicted in a linear perspective. He only painted religious themes, and The Annunciation and The Last Judgement were themes he frequently painted. Fra Angelico worked during a time when the style of painting was changing, but remaining true to his style, perhaps out of religious conviction, Angelico never retouched his paintings, saying they were divinely inspired.

The altarpiece at San Marco is one the first representations of what is known as Sacred Conversation: the Madonna surrounded by angels and saints who seem to share a common space. Pope Eugenius IV summoned Fra Angelico to Rome in 1445 to paint Frescoes for the now destroyed Chapel of the Sacrament in the Vatican. Fra Angelico died in the Dominican convent in Rome on March 18, 1455.

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