The Annunciation

Marcello Venusti (1512/15-1579)

The original of this panel is in the sacristy of San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome.

The composition shows the influence of Michelangelo and it has been suggested that the gesture of the angel is similar to that of God in the Creation of Adam on the Sistine Chapel.

A drawing of this composition in the Uffizi, Florence, which was once thought to be by Michelangelo, is now believed to be by Venusti. The panel was in the Spanish Royal Collection and captured at the Battle of Vitoria but can’t be traced in the royal inventories.

Born in Como, Venusti began his career working under Giulio Romano but latterly became a friend and follower of Michelangelo.