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Virgin of the Annunciation

ca. 1300–1310
Made in Paris, France
Limestone, traces of paint
Overall: 16 11/16 x 11 5/8 x 7 3/8 in. (42.4 x 29.6 x 18.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Interrupted in her spiritual meditations, the Virgin Mary modestly recoils from the archangel Gabriel (now lost), whose message foretells the birth of the Christ Child. The statuette's sensitively carved features and slight smile, elongated proportions, and graceful draperies show stylistic analogies to courtly art in Paris.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art Treasures of the Metropolitan: A Selection from the European and Asiatic Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1952. no. 42, pp. 52, 221.

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Wixom, William D. "An Enthroned Madonna with the Writing Christ Child." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 57, no. 9 (December 1970). pp. 289, 290, fig. 4.

Boccador, Jacqueline. Statuaire médiévale de collection. Vol. 2. Milan: Les Clefs du Temps, 1972. p. 35, fig. 23.

Gnudi ,Cesare. "I rilievi esterni del coro di Notre Dame e la Vergine Annunciata del Metropolitan Museum." In Études d'art français offertes à Charles Sterling. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1975. pp. 41-46, pl. 18-22.

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Fajt, Jiri, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. Karl IV., Kaiser von Gottes Gnaden: Kunst und Repräsentation des Hauses Luxemburg 1310-1437. Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2006. p. 109.

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