annunciation with saint emidius

Annunciation with St Emidius (1486). Carlo Crivelli (Italian, 1430/35-1495). Oil on wood transferred to canvas. National Gallery, London.

The painting was executed for the Annunciation Church at Ascoli Piceno. Saint Emidius was the patron saint of the city; in his hands the model of the church can be seen. The city received some liberty rights from the Pope in 1482; this explains the inscription “Libertas Ecclesiastica” at the bottom of the painting.