This panel, together with the 'Seven Saints' by the same artist, was bought in the 19th century from the Medici Palace in Florence. Obviously a pair, although not necessarily designed to be viewed together, the pictures were probably once set into furniture (perhaps as bedheads, or more likely, overdoors).
They were almost certainly commissioned by a member of the Medici family, since the Medici device of feathers in a diamond ring is shown below the urn of lilies in the 'Annunciation' panel. This may have been commissioned to celebrate the birth of Lorenzo the Magnificent in 1449.
The 'Seven Saints' panel represents male members of the Medici family. These same seven saints appear in an altarpiece for the Medici by Baldovinetti. Paolo Uccello's 'Battle of San Romano', also in the Collection, came from the same Medici palace.
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