Attributed to Petrus Christus (Netherlandish, active by 1444, died 1475/76)
Oil on wood
Overall 31 x 25 7/8 in. (78.7 x 65.7 cm); painted surface 30 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (77.5 x 64.1 cm)
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.35)
Possibly a fragment of a much larger picture, this Annunciation transforms the laconic narrative of the Bible into a sort of visual poem or hymn. The angel wears the liturgical robes of a priest, and the Virgin is sheltered in the doorway of a church that is part Romanesque (right) and part Gothic (left), marking the transition from Judaism to Christianity.
The attribution is not certain. Formerly ascribed both to Jan van Eyck and Hubert van Eyck, it is probably by Petrus Christus.