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Plaque with the Virgin's House at Loreto
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Plaque with the Virgin's House at Loreto


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description According to legend, around 1300, angels carried the Virgin's cottage in Nazareth-site of the miracle of the incarnation (God conceived in human form)- to Loreto, Italy. Here, the Virgin, holding Jesus and a chalice, sits on her house to suggest her presence there. An angel holds a scroll inscribed in Latin: "Holy Mary of Loreto, pray for us." Wild animals, including a unicorn, are tamed by the Virgin's purity. Two chapels devoted to the House at Loreto were built with the support of the archdukes, and Isabella had a replica of it built for the Franciscans.
Provenance A. von Lanna Collection, Prague [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. von Lanna Sale, Berlin, November 9, 1909, no. 71; George Robinson Harding, London, 1909, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Holy Mary of Loreto, pray for us
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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Period
ca. 1550 (Renaissance)
Medium
paint and gilded enamel on copper (partially re-enameled), gilded metal
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.305
Measurements
H: 3 1/2 x W: 4 7/16 in. (8.9 x 11.3 cm)
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