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Relief with the Annunciation

Date:
ca. 1180–1200
Geography:
Made in Florence, Central Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Carrara marble inlaid with serpentine (verde di Prato)
Dimensions:
Overall: 26 1/2 x 24 x 4 3/4 in. (67.3 x 61 x 12.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1960
Accession Number:
60.140
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 3
This relief is one of seven panels from a pulpit in the church of San Piero Scheraggio in Florence, which was dismantled sometime between 1410 and 1755. In medieval Italy, pulpits were used for the reading of the Gospels and the Epistles and were located on the south side of the choir. Here, the Virgin and the archangel Gabriel stand in separate niches under a city wall. The fluid treatment of the drapery, the form of the figures, and the combination of narrative reliefs with a background of inlaid serpentine are characteristic of Florentine sculpture around 1200.
From the church of San Piero Scheraggio, Florence; [ Baron Joseph van der Elst, Belgian ambassador to Italy, 1896-?] ; F. Kleinberger Galleries Galleries, New York (sold 1960)
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