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Triptych: Annunciation with the Prophets David and Isaiah
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Triptych: Annunciation with the Prophets David and Isaiah


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Description This triptych is the finest of the approximately thirty enamels attributed to the Master of the Orléans Triptych, an anonymous artist steeped in the gothicism of the 15th century. The scene of the Annunciation is accompanied by the two prophets David and Isaiah, who hold banderoles with with Old Testament inscriptions. The flesh tones on this triptych are particularly subtle. These were produced by painting a russet-red area on the white ground and placing over this a transparent blue, giving it a violet tinge. By varying the thickness of the opaque white which was applied over this violet area, the artist was able to establish shaded and lighted areas which model the face and hands. The contours of the faces were produced by "enlevage," a process in which either dotted or continuous lines were scratched through the powdery white enamel revealing the darker layer underneath.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
1/01/1953Examinationother
3/09/1960Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation
4/25/1961Examinationexamined for condition
10/16/1969Examinationexamined for condition
5/11/1970Treatmentcleaned; coated; other
10/23/1984Examinationtechnical study
10/01/1987Examinationexamined for condition
10/28/1987Examinationexamined for condition
1/24/2001Treatmentexamined for survey; cleaned; repaired
Provenance Berton [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Baron [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, January 19-24, 1846, no. 480; Soltykoff [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, April, 1861, no. 261; Febvre [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, April 17-20, 1882, no. 159; Ducatel [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, April 21, 1890, no. 108; Rochard [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, February 16, 1914, no. 87; Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1917, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917

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Period
ca. 1500 (Renaissance)
Medium
painted enamel on copper
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.316
Measurements
Central panel H: 8 15/16 x W: 6 3/16 in. (22.7 x 15.7 cm); Left wing H: 8 15/16 x W: 2 9/16 in. (22.7 x 6.5 cm); Right wing H: 8 15/16 x W: 2 7/16 in. (22.7 x 6.2 cm)
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Not On View

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