The Annunciation, Wool warp, wool and silk wefts, South Netherlandish

The Annunciation

Date:
ca. 1460–80
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Wool warp, wool and silk wefts
Dimensions:
39 5/16 x 83 in. (99.9 x 210.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.135
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 19
Draped in rich ecclesiastical vestments, the archangel Gabriel greets Mary with the words “Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” (Luke 1:28) inscribed on a scroll. The Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descends on the Virgin, who will become the mother of Jesus.
Inscription: (on scroll): AVE [Maria] GRA[cia] PLENA D[omi]N[u]S TECUM (from Luke 1:28)
[ Hôtel Drouot, Paris (February 29, 1924, no. 156, to Cornillon)] ; [ Louis Cornillon, rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris (1924–1926)] ; [ Duveen Brothers, London, Paris and New York (about 1926–1965)] ; Norton Simon Foundation (1965-1971) ; [ Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (May 7-8, 1971, no. 224a)]
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