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Plaque with the Annunciation
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Plaque with the Annunciation

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Description Polished rock crystal here provides an elegant transparent support for a fine example of the technique of reverse painting. This involved first applying a layer of gold leaf which was partially scratched away, so that the layer of translucent, colored resins applied behind it is revealed. The red is particularly vibrant. Over the resin was applied a layer of reflective silver foil covering the back of the composition and lending the colors of the resin a gem-like luminescence. This technique was popular for refined works of art collected at Northern European courts, especially in Germany. The compositonal style reflects the Italian training of so many Northern artists of this period.
Date Description Narrative
7/02/1952Treatmentcleaned; coated
3/17/1958Treatmentcleaned; coated
5/06/1988Examinationexamined for condition
  • 3000 Years of Glass: Treasures from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1920 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1920

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ca. 1600 (Baroque)
amelierung (reverse painting, thus painting on the back) on rock crystal, gold leaf, silver foil, colored resins, gilded silver mount
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9 3/16 x 9 3/16 in. (23.3 x 23.3 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
  • Germany (Place of Origin)


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