About this artwork
Martin Schongauer conceived the Angel and the Virgin of the Annunciation as two separate engravings, forming a type of diptych. The angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary often appeared against a dark ground on the outer wings of altarpieces, painted in a monochromic style called grisaille, which emphasizes the figures’ sculptural relief. Schongauer’s pared-down background replaces the view of Mary’s bedroom usually found in Annunciation scenes. Instead, Mary receives the news of her divine motherhood from the angel with only a book in her hand; the potted lily represents her absolute purity. Schongauer’s treatment of the flowing drapery further underscores the figures’ monumentality.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Martin Schongauer
- The Virgin of the Annunciation
- Made 1470–1475
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 170 × 117 mm (sheet, trimmed to platemark)
- Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.