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The Annunciation

Date:
ca. 1460–80
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Wool warp, wool and silk wefts
Dimensions:
39 5/16 x 83 in. (99.9 x 210.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.135
Not on view
Draped in rich ecclesiastical vestments, the archangel Gabriel greets Mary with the words “Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” (Luke 1:28) inscribed on a scroll. The Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descends on the Virgin, who will become the mother of Jesus.
Inscription: (on scroll): AVE [Maria] GRA[cia] PLENA D[omi]N[u]S TECUM (from Luke 1:28)
[ Hôtel Drouot, Paris (February 29, 1924, no. 156, to Cornillon)] ; [ Louis Cornillon, rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris (1924–1926)] ; [ Duveen Brothers, London, Paris and New York (about 1926–1965)] ; Norton Simon Foundation(1965-1971) ; [ Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (May 7-8, 1971, no. 224a)]
"Le carnet d'un curieux: un panneau de tapisserie gothique." La Renaissance de l'art français et des industries de luxe 7 (April 1924). p. 220.

"Les ventes: A Paris." Le Bulletin de l'Art Ancien et Moderne 45 (April 1924). p. 101.

Breuning, Margaret. "France Loans Us an Acre of Her Tapestry Treasures: Gothic Tapestries at Duveen." Art Digest 22 no. 5 (December 1, 1947). p. 11.

"Medieval Tapestry." Winnipeg Tribune 1952 (Thursday, January 24, 1952).

Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Art from Private Collections: A Special Exhibition at The Cloisters, October 30, 1968 through January 5, 1969. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968. no. 210.

Coffinet, Julien. Arachné ou L'art de la tapisserie. Paris: Bibliothèque des arts, 1971. pp. 47, 196.

Deuchler, Florens. "The Cloisters: Ein Museum für mittelalterliche Kunst in New York." Du 32, no. 2 (1972). pp. 144–45.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 165.

Coffinet, Julien. Métamorphoses de la tapisserie. Paris: Bibliothèque des arts, 1977. p. 74.

Cavallo, Adolfo S. Medieval Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 11, pp.210-223, fig. 104-105.

Cavallo, Adolph S. The Unicorn Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. pp. 81–83, fig. 60.



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