Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tapestry with the Annunciation

Date:
ca. 1410–20
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Wool warp, wool with a few metallic wefts
Dimensions:
Overall: 138 x 117in. (350.5 x 297.2cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Gift of Harriet Barnes Pratt, in memory of her husband, Harold Irving Pratt (February 1, 1877–May 21, 1939), 1949
Accession Number:
45.76
Not on view
Seated within an elaborate room, the Virgin Mary looks away from her book on the reading lectern, startled by the sudden entrance of the archangel Gabriel. He holds a scroll with the words Ave gracia plena (“Hail [Mary], full of grace”). Above, God the Father sends the infant Jesus bearing a cross toward the Virgin, preceded by the dove of the Holy Spirit. They descend in the direction of the Virgin. The enclosed garden emphasizes her virginity, and the single white lily placed in an elaborate pottery jar symbolizes her purity.
Inscription: [on banderole]: AVE GRACIA PLENA

Marking: Arms [on shield held by two angels, center top]: Vilanova of Castile, Catalonia, etc. impaling identified arms.
Spanish Art Gallery Ltd., London; P. W. French & Co., New York (before 1922–1924); Mr. and Mrs. Harold Irving Pratt(1924–1949)
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