Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) (Italian, Florence 1444/45–1510 Florence)
Tempera and gold on wood
7 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. (19.1 x 31.4 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 959
One of the most celebrated paintings in the Robert Lehman Collection, this jewel-like representation of the Annunciation is set in an architectural interior using one-point perspective to give the illusion of deeply recessed space. In the center, a row of square columns divides the monumental space occupied by the Angel Gabriel from the intimate bed-chamber of the Virgin. A drapery panel is drawn back, revealing the Virgin in a pose of humility. The panel was almost certainly commissioned as a private devotional image, not as part of a larger work. While the identity of the patron is not known, the painting was in the famed Barberini collection in Rome in the seventeenth century.
Palazzo Barberini, Rome; E. Volpi, Florence; exported from Italy, July 1905 (dated customs stamp on reverse of panel); Oscar Huldschinsky, Berlin, from 1906; Huldschinsky sale, Cassirer and Helbing, Berlin, May 10–11, 1928, no. 54; bought by Böhler and Steinmeyer for Robert Lehman.
Artist: Workshop of Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) (Italian, Florence 1444/45–1510 Florence)Date: ca. 1491–1503(?)Medium: Pen and brown ink, brown wash, traces of black chalk.Accession: 1975.1.280On view in:Not on view