The Annunciation is a key element within Christian scripture and has featured within the careers of most notable Italian Renaissance artists. The Mannerists continued these themes into their own work, but with an adapted style that pushed ideas around art onwards once more. Tintoretto was a key factor in the eminence of Venetian mannerism and produced a memorable interpretation of The Annunciation of his own in 1583-87.
This story has actually been divided into around eight different scenes, with the painting found here specifically referring to the second episode in the series. In Luke 1:29, an angel first exclaims, "... And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be." What then follows is captured here, visually, by the artist. Most of his artworks were inspired by Christian tales, with many others capturing different moments in the life of Jesus Christ.
The artist puts plenty of work into the surrounding elements, concentrating on precision and realism for items such as a column, a series of tiles and also a well worn wooden chair. The main figures, though, feature more expressive brush strokes that leave us in complete awe at what we are viewing. The artist puts us in mid-air, peeking down into Mary’s house as if spying on this momentous moment in the Bible.