The Cappella dell' Annunziata, in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, is home to a fascinating painting of the Annunciation (c. 1482), the work of Antonio di Benedetto Aquilo degli Aquili (c.1430 – c.1510), better known as Antoniazzo Romano.
The painting was commissioned by the Arciconfraternita della Ss. Annunziata in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, a charitable body founded in 1460 by Cardinal Juan de Torquemada (1388-1468), the uncle of Spain's first Grand Inquisitor, Tomãs de Torquemada (1420-98).
The arch-confraternity's was set up to provide dowries for poor girls. Each year, on the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25th), the dowries would be distributed to a select group of girls by no less a figure than the pope himself.
The painting depicts Cardinal Juan de Torquemada presenting three girls to the Virgin Mary, who hands them small bags of money.