Master of Serumido

The Annunciation

c. 1505-1510
This anonymous Florentine artist was named after his most ambitious work, an altarpiece in the church of Serumido in Florence. He has since been tentatively identified as the obscure painter Mariotto Dolzemele. While a minor figure himself, the Master had ties to some of the leading artists in Florence: he looked to the painter Fra’ Bartolomeo and his circle for a model, adopting a deliberate simplicity considered suitable for religious art, as seen here. He also collaborated with Raphael. His work reveals how a painter of limited talent could interpret these sophisticated models, producing paintings for modest clients and so disseminating the most advanced artistic ideas.
Title
The Annunciation
Date
c. 1505-1510
Medium
Painting
Materials
egg tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions
50.5 x 65.5 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Bequest of Mrs. Jeanne Taschereau Perry, Montreal, 1965
Accession number
14708