The Annunciation

Philippe de Champaigne French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 622

This jewel-like painting was one of several executed by leading artists for the private chapel of Queen Anne of Austria (1601–1666), the widowed wife of France’s Louis XIII and mother of Louis XIV. A founding member of the academy, Champaigne established a key model for French classicism with a rich but slightly icy palette and sculptural forms. By the 1640s, Champaigne favored severe compositions that became associated with Jansenism, a Counter-Reformation thread of Catholicism. Partly out of fears that Jansenites harbored sympathies for Protestant doctrine, Louis XIV suppressed their practices.

The Annunciation, Philippe de Champaigne (French, Brussels 1602–1674 Paris), Oil on oak

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