Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi's "Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus"

En Vogue: Martini’s “Annunciation”

I’ve seen plenty of fancy golden altarpieces that are shiny, and that’s their sole allure. Simone Martini’s The Angel and the Annunciation, painted in 1333 in Sienna, now Italy, had a different affect on me. Forget for a moment, if you already know, what the “annunciation” story is. Just look at these folks, er, I…