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Devotional Plaquette with the Annunciation
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Devotional Plaquette with the Annunciation


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Plaquettes hung above an owner's bed for devotional purposes were called "images de chevet," or bedside images. Here, Mary is interrupted at her prayers by Archangel Gabriel whose banner records his greeting "Av[e] Maria" (Hail Mary). The lilies are a traditional symbol of Mary's virginal purity. The modeling of the faces is in the style of the later 15th century, but the drapery folds set off against the diamond pattern on the wall look back a century earlier. In addition, though much of the original paint and gilding survives, the frame was replaced in the 16th century.
Exhibitions
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Av[e] Maria; [Translation] Hail Mary
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
late 15th century (Late Medieval)
Medium
painted and gilded ivory; gilded copper frame
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.202
Measurements
H ivory: 1 3/4 × W: 1 7/16 in. (4.47 × 3.66 cm); Frame H: 3 3/8 × W: 2 3/16 × D: 3/8 in. (8.5 × 5.6 × 0.9 cm)
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