Annunciation of Fano
|Type||Oil on panel|
|Dimensions||212 cm × 172 cm (83 in × 68 in)|
|Location||Church of Santa Maria Nuova, Fano|
The work was successful, and a few years later he was commissioned to paint an altarpiece for the same church, the so-called Fano Altarpiece.
The painting is set within a four bay portico, a common element in Perugino's paintings from the 1480s (as, for example, in the Albani-Torlonia Polyptych and the Pietà). Behind it, is a background with hills featuring light trees.
In the foreground is the Annunciation, lit from the left. The angel, holding a white lily (symbol of purity), announces that she will bear Jesus; Mary, who was previously reading a book on a classical altar in front of her, has a surprised face. Behind them, in the upper center, is God in an oval with cherubim and seraphim, sending the Holy Spirit (portrayed as a dove) to her.
- Garibaldi, Vittoria (2004). "Perugino". Pittori del Rinascimento (in Italian). Florence: Scala.