Panel with the Annunciation


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 09

The castle at Ebreichsdorf, strategically positioned south of Vienna near the Hungarian border, served as a private residence for a member of the court. These windows from the glazing of the castle chapel were made by a large workshop in the employ of the royal dukes in Vienna. Elongated figures with heads often seen in profile, heavy masses of drapery, and an unusually rich range of colors distinguish the style of this court workshop. In contrast to the glass from Saint Leonhard in the central windows of this chapel, the figures here are placed in elaborate architectural settings composed of pinnacles and towers, imaginatively combined to create fanciful structures. These backgrounds link the individual scenes in a unified composition. Represented in this window are scenes from the infancy of Christ, including the Annunciation to the Virgin, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and the Adoration of the Magi with the Virgin Mary robed in royal purple but resting on a straw-filled mat. The tracery light above, representing the Sun and the Moon, is also from Ebreichsdorf.

Having withstood the Mongol attacks of the thirteenth century only to be plundered by the Turks in 1683, Ebreichsdorf never returned to its medieval splendor. Except for one panel in Vienna, The Cloisters windows are all that survive of the Ebreichsdorf glass.

Panel with the Annunciation, Pot-metal glass, colorless glass, and vitreous paint, Austrian

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