The Life of the Virgin

Adriaen Isenbrant Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 636

One of Adriaen Isenbrant’s earliest works, this small, portable triptych was intended for private devotion. Both the exterior and interior scenes were meant to engage the viewer in an empathetic contemplation of the Life of the Virgin. The outside grisaille wings, which depict the Annunciation and Visitation under elaborately carved canopies, are executed in the fashionable Antwerp Mannerist style and reveal a knowledge of Albrecht Dürer’s popular engravings.

The Life of the Virgin, Adriaen Isenbrant (Netherlandish, active by 1510–died 1551 Bruges), Oil on wood

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