Albert Bouts / The Annunciation / c. 1480Albert Bouts
The Annunciation
c. 1480

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Creator Name: Bouts, Albert
Creator Nationality: Netherlandish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1451-55 - 1549
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Albert Bouts
Title: The Annunciation
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1475
Creation End Date: 1485
Creation Date: c. 1480
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on wood
Dimensions: Framed: 75.2cm x 69cm x 8.5cm, Unframed: 50.2cm x 41.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1942.635
Credit Line: Bequest of John L. Severance
Provenance: Graf Sierstorpff, Driburg (Berlin sale 1887); Eugen Schweitzer, Berlin (before 1912); (Knoedler, 1915)
Context: Surprised by the angel Gabriel's sudden appearance and his message that she will bear the son of God, the Virgin Mary rises from prayer. Lying open on here prie-dieu is a book of hours, similar to illuminated books that can be seen in nearby galleries. The artist sets the scene in a room with d├ęcor and furnishings familiar to viewers of his time. The lilies symbolize the Virgin's purity, and the orange---believed by some to be the fruit of paradise-her role as the new Eve. The small size of the panel suggests that it was used for private devotions (much like the altarpiece behind the Virgin), and also prized as a highly finished collector's item.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1942.635
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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