The Annunciation

Gerard David Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 605

These panels were part of a spectacular multistoried polyptych commissioned by Vincenzo Sauli, a wealthy Italian banker and diplomat with connections to Bruges, for the high altar of the Benedictine abbey church of San Gerolamo della Cervara, near Genoa. Taking the placement of the Annunciation within the altarpiece into account, David altered the perspective and the scale of the figures, since both panels were meant to be viewed from below. In style, the ensemble reveals a synthesis of Northern and Italian artistic modes that perhaps reflect the patron’s ties to both regions.

#2621. The Annunciation

The Annunciation, Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater ca. 1455–1523 Bruges), Oil on wood

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