The work donated to the Hospice by Petracchi – Annunciation – is one of great impact. Many of the most familiar aspects of the artist’s work are present in this piece: a very refined elegant composition, mixed materiality, strong symbolism, and a spare, minimalist composition comprised of only a few elements that force the viewer to search for the meaning within his own personal symbolic code. We will attempt to interpret the piece: the radiating white background represents the sacred wind heralding the arrival of the Angel in the presence of the Virgin who is also drawn into the surge of light, immediately immersed in the role that awaits her. An ancient prayer is impressed on her mind and lilies, the quintessential Christian symbol of purity, innocence and virginity assume the main role in the work as the central element, beginning the infinite route forward towards hope for all mankind.


  • Title: Annunciazione
  • Creator: Luigi Petracchi
  • Date Created: 2005/2005
  • Physical Dimensions: w140 x h140 x d14 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: http://www.doutdo.it/copyright.html
  • Medium: Mixed technique of relief on canvas and applications
  • Donor: Luigi Petracchi / Galleria Bongiovanni – Bologna

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