Filippo Lippi's Annunciation Scenes During The Renaissance

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During the Renaissance, new styles of retelling stories and religious scenes emerged as artists gained more freedom to experiment and show off their artistic talent. The newfound artistic freedom can be attributed to a rebirth and renewal of classical antiquity and renewed interest in the humanities. Artists, writers, philosophers, historians, poets, and many more intellectuals rose to the opportunity in the pursuit of knowledge and moral enlightenment. The changes in the era brought Europe out of darkness into the light, as new art was created, in new styles, forms, colors, and setting. The great artists of the era captured the real world in their works, engaging the people to the point that they could identify and relate to religious scenes of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Filippo Lippi, a skilled Italian Renaissance painter, combined the religious world, the Classical era, and the real world in his painting, Annunciation, painted in Florence from 1443-1450 with tempera on panel. Filippo Lippi made the Annunciation scene with the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, and angels accessible to everyday people, as they could enter the spiritual realm, experience it, and become enlightened. Lippi’s Annunciation captures both the real and the religious world through its defining characteristics. He presents the Annunciation scene in a modern setting, a portico opening in a real Italian villa with real Italian furniture looking out into a real garden (nature background), depicting

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