The Annunciation from the Hours of Charles of France
Master of Charles of France (French, active ca. 1450–75)
Made in Paris, France
Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment
Overall (a-Angel of Annunciation): 6 13/16 x 4 15/16 in. (17.3 x 12.5 cm)
Overall (b-Virgin of Annunciation): 6 3/4 x 4 13/16 in. (17.2 x 12.3 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
The Cloisters Collection, 1958
Not on view
This double-paged Annunciation forms a diptych of remarkable refinement, set on an elaborate stage of simulated architecture and sculpture, and incorporating a procession of angels descending from heaven. It comes from an unfinished book of hours that belonged to Charles, duke of Normandy and brother of King Louis XI. Charles’ favorite residence, the Château de Mehun-sur-Yèvre, near Bourges, appears in the background.
At some point before 1905, this image was separated from the rest of the manuscript, which is in the Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris.
Charles, Duke of Normandy(in 1495) ; Baron Emmanuel De Decker(his family, in 1905)
Freeman, Margaret B. "The Annunciation from a Book of Hours for Charles of France." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 19, no. 4 (December 1960). pp. 105–18, fig. 1, 4, 7–9.
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Meiss, Millard. French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Late Fourteenth Century and the Patronage of the Duke. Volume 1, Text. London: Phaidon Press, 1967. p. 38.
Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. "Gold." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 31, no. 2 (1972–1973). pp. 87-88.
Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 144, pp. 156-157.
Schindler, Robert. "The Cloisters Annunciation by the Master of Charles of France." Metropolitan Museum Journal 47 (2012). pp. 85-100, fig. 1.