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Angel of the Annunciation

Artist:
Attributed to Jean de Liège (Franco-Netherlandish, active ca. 1361–died 1381)
Date:
ca. 1370–90
Geography:
Made in Paris (?), Netherlands or France
Culture:
South Netherlandish or French
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 24 x 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (61 x 22.2 x 16.5 cm) diam. of hole for a mounting pin: 2 3/8 x 3/8 in. (6 x 1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.390
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
This angel from an Annunciation group probably comes from the abbey of Flavigny and originally formed part of a sculptural retable behind the altar. The exquisite carving of the figure, the serene facial expression, and the rich locks of hair have close parallels in sculpture produced in Paris.The surface details and polish are similar to the work of the sculptor Jean de Liège who carved the image of Marie de France from the royal abbey of Saint-Denis, exhibited nearby.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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