The Annunciation

South German (Bavarian?) Painter German

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Locating the Annunciation in a private chamber, this small panel is strongly influenced by early Netherlandish painting. However, it shows the biblical event as a legal transaction: instead of addressing the Virgin, the Archangel delivers his message in a document with three wax seals, symbolizing the Holy Trinity. The document substantiates the truth of Gabriel’s Annunciation and is proof of the new covenant between God and humanity. Mary crosses her hands over her heart in acquiescence.

The Annunciation, South German (Bavarian?) Painter (1440–50), Oil and gold on linden

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