Oil on touchstone. This representation of the Annunciation is of great spatial simplicity: in the dark, the Angel Gabriel appears accompanied by a divine light to announce to Mary, reading Holy Scriptures, that she carries the Child of God. In order to enrich the the simple staging, the painter placed a delicate bunch of flowers in the center of his painting. These minimalist compositions in an ambient darkness are peculiar to the painter Claudio Ridolfi. With Alessandro Turchi and Pasquale Ottino, he is the most illustrious representative of the painting on precious support of the school of Verona. The painting is presented in an Italian frame "a casseta" in gilded wood.
Dimensions: 16 x 29 cm the sight - 32,5 x 45,5 cm with the frame
Claudio Ridolfi (Verona 1570 - Corinaldo 1644) is often attached to the school of painting of Verona. First a pupil of the painter Dario Pozzo, he joined the workshop of Paolo Veronese. Mainly active in Rome and Urbino (where he became friends with Federico Barocci), he settled in Corinaldo in the Marches, where he died. Simone Cantarini, Girolamo Cialdieri or Benedetto Marini were his pupils.
Painting on stone: Around 1530, Sebastiano Del Piombo, a Venetian painter established in Rome, developed a technique for painting on slate. This novelty seems to respond to the obsession that have artists for the lifetime of their works. Very quickly, stone painting spread throughout Italy. Four great schools, Florence, Venice, Rome and, above all, Verona, seem to compete with audacity and imagination by painting on "graphic" stones (touchstone, agate, alabaster, jasper or lapis lazuli and, 'amethyst). The painters thus rely on veins, contrasts or transparencies to create their sets. From the 1580s onwards, stone painting responded to the new attraction for singular objects and joined the cabinets of curiosity. The most illustrious painters in the discipline are Alessandro Turchi, Antonio Tempesta, Jacopo Bassano, Pasquale Ottino, and France's Jacques Stella.
Art historians will call this discipline "painting on precious support".