Annunciation group

Southern Netherlandish
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1440–50
Unidentified artist


Object Place: Europe, Flanders

Dimensions

20.32 x 19.7 x 7.6 cm (8 x 7 3/4 x 3 in.)

Accession Number

50.3229

Medium or Technique

Stone; alabaster with polylchromy

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

This piece served a private, devotional purpose and was possibly part of a home altar or shrine. Alabaster is a soft stone, facilitating the carving of minute details. Here, the inclusion of a tower-like structure furnished with books adds a charming intimacy to the scene.

Provenance

1950, consigned by A. M. Adler, New York, to Raphael Stora, New York; 1950, sold by Stora to the MFA for $400. (Accession Date: October 10, 1950)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund