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Angel of the Annunciation

Date:
ca. 1290–1300
Geography:
Made in Altenberg-an-der-Lahn, Hesse, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Pot-metal glass and vitreous paint
Dimensions:
29 5/8 in. × 14 in. (75.2 × 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.251.1a, b
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
This panel along with the Virgin of the Annunciation (acc. no. 1993.251.2) once initiated a glazing cycle dedicated to the Life of Christ installed in the axial bay of the Altenberg convent church choir. The angel Gabriel holds a scroll inscribed AVE• [MARIA] GR•A[TIA] • P LENA (Hail [Mary], full of grace), and behind the dove of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin an inscription reads ECCE• ANC •ILLA• I[ESU] • N[OSTRI]• D[OMINUS] (Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord). The angular linearity of the painting style, with its bold slashing strokes, combined with the strong junctures of color, make these panels exceptional examples of German glass painting of the period.
From the Premonstratensian convent church at Altenberg-an-der-Lahn, near Wetzlar; Count Franz I zu Erbach-Erbach, Schloss Erbach (by 1805) ; by descent to the Counts of Erbach, Schloss Erbach (until after World War II) ; Georg Hartmann, Frankfurt (by 1952) ; Private Collection, Frankfurt (sold 1992) ; Sotheby's, London(December 10, 1992, lot 25)
Frankfurt. Städel Museum. "Schaufenster Des Himmels: Der Altenberger Altar und seine Bildausstattung," June 21, 2016–September 25, 2016.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1993-1994." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 52, no. 2 (Fall 1994). pp. 18-19.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 145, pp. 124–25.

Sander, Jochen, ed. Schaufenster des Himmels: Der Altenberger Altar und seine Bildausstattung / Heaven on Display: The Altenberg Altar and its Imagery. Frankfurt am Main: Städel Museum, 2016. no. 11, pp. 125–29 (German text); 178–79 (English text).

Seeberg, Stefanie. "Der Altenberger Hochalter: Seine Bildausstattung im medialen und funktionalen Kontext / The Imagery of the Altenberg High Altar: Function and Presentation." In Schaufenster des Himmels: Der Altenberger Altar und seine Bildausstattung / Heaven on Display: The Altenberg Altar and its Imagery, edited by Jochen Sander. Frankfurt am Main: Städel Museum, 2016. pp. 26 (German text); 143 (English text).

Wolf, Fabian. "Form Follows Function?: Zur Polyfunktionalität des allseitig bemalten Flügelretabels aus Altenberg / Does Form Follow Function? On the Polyfunctionality of the Winged Retable from Altenberg." In Schaufenster des Himmels: Der Altenberger Altar und seine Bildausstattung / Heaven on Display: The Altenberg Altar and its Imagery, edited by Jochen Sander. Frankfurt am Main: Städel Museum, 2016. pp. 63 (German text); 156 (English text).



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