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Leaf from a Book of Hours: The Annunciation
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Culture
Flanders, Ghent (?), 15th century
Title
Leaf from a Book of Hours: The Annunciation
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Work Type
Manuscript
Date
1470s
Material
ink, tempera and gold on vellum
Measurements
Leaf: 17.9 x 12.5 cm (7 1/16 x 4 15/16 in.)
Description
The Annunciation is the traditional introduction to matins, the first of the eight canonical hours. This striking scene recalls the archangel Gabriel's announcement to the Virgin Mary that she was to become the mother of God. The humble scene, steeped in monumentality and innocence, honors one of the most significant moments in Christian history—the coming of God into the world. Flemish artists, in particular, tenderly elaborated this event. The Virgin is usually shown within an architectural interior. Typically her bedroom, this interior space includes a curtained bed, a wooden bench, windows through which a landscape is revealed, and a simple earthenware ewer filled with lilies that proclaim her innocence. Within this private setting, Mary kneels to read from an open book of hours. Her prayer is interrupted by the angel's appearance and she is captured by the artist in stunned surprise. The miniature is accompanied by an illustration in the margins of the Tree of Jesse, the family tree showing Jesus's human descent from Jesse, the father of King David, through the royal house of Judah. The motif begins in the lower margin with the seated Jesse, from whom a tree grows. David, Solomon, and various kings and prophets can be seen in its branches.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: MED - Manuscript Illuminations
Department: Medieval Art
Provenance: [Bruce Ferrini, Akron]
The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection
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Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
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File Properties
File Name
2014.24_full.tif
SSID
24628012

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