Description This image of the archangel Gabriel, which has suffered some damage, is most likely a fragment from a much larger painting of the Annunciation, which would have had the Virgin Mary on the right. The white lily held by the archangel is symbolic of Mary's virginity. The perfectly regular profile, the long curling hair, the gracefulness of the hands, and the overall emphasis on contour lines are characteristic of later 15th-century central Italian painting, of which Signorelli was one of the great masters. For more information on this panel, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 95, pp. 142-143.
|12/31/1969||Examination||examined for condition|
|12/28/1936||Examination||examined for condition|
|5/05/1959||Examination||examined for condition|
|1/01/1970||Examination||examined for condition|
|1/01/1970||Examination||examined for technical study|
|11/12/1990||Treatment||loss compensation; coated|
|11/30/2004||Treatment||repaired; loss compensation; other|
Provenance Stephen Bourgeois, Cologne [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Peter A. B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Philadelphia [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1885 and 1900 catalogues, no. 253]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1922 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1922
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