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The Archangel Gabriel

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Description This image of the archangel Gabriel is a fragment from a much larger painting of the Annunciation, which included the Virgin Mary on the right (now in a private collection). The white lily held by the archangel is symbolic of Mary's purity. 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. The execution of this painting is, however, uneven. Gabriel's serene face is sensitively painted and is likely by the master himself, but the rendering of the folds of the sleeves is crude, indicating the participation of assistants. This kind od division of labor was not uncommon in Renaissance workshops although the degree of variation is usually not so great. The Painting is presently being cleaned and it may soon be possible to assess the execution more accurately..
Date Description Narrative
Examinationexamined for condition
12/28/1936Examinationexamined for condition
5/05/1959Examinationexamined for condition
1/01/1970Examinationexamined for condition
1/01/1970Examinationexamined for technical study
11/12/1990Treatmentloss compensation; coated
11/30/2004Treatmentrepaired; 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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ca. 1490 (Renaissance)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 30 13/16 x W: 21 3/16 x D excluding cradle: 1/2 in. (78.3 x 53.8 x 1.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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