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The Annunciation

The Annunciation

Artist: After a design by Marco Dente (Italian, 1486 - 1527)

Date: 16th century
Medium: Reverse painted and gilded glass (verre églomisé)
Image: 13 x 11 1/2 in. (33 x 29.2 cm)
Framed (at widest point): 32 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 5 in. (82.6 x 80 x 12.7 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN1513
On View: Art Museum Gallery 05
About this ObjectIn a lavishly appointed domestic interior, the Virgin bows modestly as the Archangel Gabriel rushes to bring her the news that she will bear the Son of God. In the left corner, God appears in a burst of clouds, raising his arm in a gesture of blessing.
Prized for its ability to imitate the luminosity and clarity of gemstones, verre églomisé is a type of glass decoration whereby a piece of glass is painted, gilded, or engraved on the reverse. The technique is similar to that of engraving, and many compositions done in this style can be traced directly to prints that were circulated widely in the early sixteenth century. This Annunciation is based on a print by Marco Dente da Ravenna (1486-1527).
Emile Gavet, Paris (cat. #734), approximately 1870s-1880s; sold to Mr. and Mrs. William K. and Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt, Gothic Room, Marble House, Newport, Rhode Island, 1889-1982; transfered to Mrs. Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt Belmont in divorce; purchased by John Ringling, 1928; bequest to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1936
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Culture:Northern Italian
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