Monday, August 20, 2012

Virgin of the Annunciation - The Louvre, Paris, France

Virgin of the Annunciation - Nino Pisano - The Louvre, Paris, France

This was taken inside The Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Or as they call it; Musée du Louvre.
Everyone should visit the Louvre when in Paris, regardless of their level of interest in art. The building itself is incredible, and huge. They say it would take about six days to fully explore the Louvre and all it's exhibits. I purposely focused on the room because I felt it was just as interesting as the sculpture. Most of my pictures while at the Louvre are of the building itself. Sadly my camera battery died shortly after entering so most of said pictures were taken by my old iPhone 3G, not the best quality. I tried the camera once more and was able to snap a few more pics while in this room before it shut down again.       
      This statue is the "Virgin of the Annunciation". It is a wood carving (originally polychromed), by Nino Pisano .
      The "Annunciation" refers to the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation.       
       Nino Pisano (fl. 1349 – 1368) was an Italian sculptor, the son of Andrea Pisano
      He collaborated with his father in sculptures for the churches of San Zanipolo at Venice and in Santa Caterina at Pisa, and provided some panels for the bell tower of Santa Maria del Fiore
      Nino succeeded his father in the works of the Orvieto Cathedral in 1349.
      Works he made alone include a Madonna with Child in Santa Maria Novella, Florence, a Saint Bishop in the Cathedral of Oristanoand a Monument to Bishop Scherlatti now in the Museum of Pisa Cathedral. His other attributed works include a Madonna of the Rose in Santa Maria della Spina and a Madonna del Latte in the Museum of St. Matthew, both in Pisa. An Annunciation, once in Santa Caterina, is now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C..