The Annunciation

Peter Candid (Pieter de Witte, Pietro Candido) Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 609

Candid (or Candido) was born in Bruges and trained in Florence, where he began his career as a painter and designer of tapestries. In this grand altarpiece, the angel Gabriel along with God the Father and the Holy Spirit rush into Mary’s bedroom in a blaze of light and color as they announce that she will bear a child. The artist painted it for a small church or oratory in the country to the south of Florence soon before he left Italy for Munich, where he became court painter to the dukes of Bavaria.

The Annunciation, Peter Candid (Pieter de Witte, Pietro Candido) (Netherlandish, Bruges ca. 1548–1628 Munich), Oil on wood

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