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  • The Virgin from "The Annunciation"

    Artist:
    Unknown artist of the venetian school, first half of the 14th century
    Technique:
    tempera
    Dimensions:
    105x61,5 cm

Unknown artist of the venetian school, first half of the 14th century

The Virgin from "The Annunciation"

Italy, First quarter of the 14th century

This wooden panel with an image of the Madonna once formed the right side of a diptych. We know nothing of the left panel, which would have shown the Archangel Gabriel. The Virgin is standing calmly listening to the Archangel's words. She holds a spindle with some red thread, behind her is a temple: according to the Apocrypha, Mary, who was brought up in the temple, was assigned the weaving of purple cloth (purple was considered to be the royal colour). In the top left corner is a small piece of sky, from where the dove representing the Holy Spirit flies in a shining cloud towards Mary. The halo around her head is decorated with three-dimensional ornament in the form of petals, and above it is the inscription: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word" (Luke1:38).

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The Virgin from "The Annunciation"

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tempera

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105x61,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1923; transferred from the State Russian Museum; formerly in the N.P. Likhachev collection

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ГЭ-5597

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