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The Annunciation, after Filippo Lippi; on the left the Archangel Gabriel kneeling and holding a lily; on the right, near an ornate lectern, the Virgin; the figures separated by a column supporting two arches; above, a decorative medallion and a frieze of shells; encircled by an illuminated floral border. c.1490-1500
Hand-coloured engraving mounted on wood
- Production date
- 1490-1500 (circa)
Height: 270 millimetres
Width: 188 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print belongs to a series of fifteen engravings of the 'Life of the Virgin and Christ' executed in a style called by Hind the 'Broad Manner' and recently attributed to Francesco Rosselli; for a discussion of this group see the entry for Hind, B.I.1.II (1870-6-25-1048).The engraving was presented by Professor W H Woodward and the National Art Collections Fund in 1920. Similar illuminated versions of the series are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
Label text from 2007 BM exhibition.
Influenced by manuscript illumination, the colouring of prints by hand was widely practiced from the mid fifteenth-century on, to provide a cheaper and more efficient way of producing coloured images. This engraving has been pasted on to a wooden support which suggests it originally was intended to be more durable, possibly forming part of an altarpiece or framed like a painting. The figures of the Virgin and the Archangel replicate those of Filippo Lippi's Annunciation in the Church of San Lorenzo, Florence.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987/8 Nov-Feb, V&A, 'The Image Multiplied'
1994 Aug-Oct, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, The Renaissance Print
2007, BM, Display of early Italian prints
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Funded by Professor Woodward (£15) and the NACF (£44 2s)
- Prints and Drawings
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