In his book “Biographies of famous painters” George Vasari described in detail the polyptych created by Piero della Francesca for the monastery of San Antonio in Perugia. Now this polyptych is kept in the same city, in the National Gallery of Umbria.
The panels of this image differ greatly in style, and some of them are attributed to the pupils by Piero della Francesca. The Annunciation scene, placed above, is wonderful. There is no doubt that the master wrote this scene himself. This is indicated by the fact that the Virgin Mary and the archangel Gabriel are depicted against the background of the colonnade, while many saints from the lower panels are painted on a gold background.