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The Virgin of the Annunciation

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1470/75

Artist:

Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1430/50-1491

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Martin Schongauer

Title

The Virgin of the Annunciation

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1470–1475

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

170 × 117 mm (sheet, trimmed to platemark)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1955.1226

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