The Annunciation. SOLD

The Annunciation.  SOLD
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Stock Number: 5837
Origin: Franco-Flemish
Circa: 1620
Height: 14 ins.  (36 cms.)
Width: 9.5 ins.  (24 cms.)
Full Description:

17th-century Franco-Flemish oak panel of the Annunciation when the archangel Gabriel makes his salutation to the Virgin Mary: 'Ave, gratia plena, Dominus tecum' - Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  The scene as a whole is intended to imply the moment of Christ's Incarnation through the Holy Spirit which descended from God.

The Holy Spirit in the form of a dove hovers above the head of Gabriel and Mary; she is kneeling before a Gothic prie-dieu where she has been interrupted while reading the prophesy of Isaiah, that a young woman is with child and will bring forth a son.  Behind her, part of a chair is visible and the large canopy of a bed.  The Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25th.

The top left corner (spandrel) is restored, as is the narrow uncarved left edge - see photo of the back.