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Title The Annunciation
Collection Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Maratti, Carlo (Italian painter, 1625-1713)
Previously attributed to Ciampelli, Agostino (Italian painter, 1565-1630)
Date Earliest about 1600
Date Latest about 1615
Description This painting depicts the story of the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38) in a way which characteristically combines grandiose rhetoric with everyday life. On the lower edge of the canvas, a basket with a white cloth suggests that the Virgin has been surprised while she was sewing. On the left the archangel Gabriel breaks into the room on a cloud, holding a white lily symbolising Mary's purity. As he salutes her, he points up; above, God the Father and the white dove of the Holy Spirit can be seen in a heavenly glory which swarms with more putti and cherubim.
Current Accession Number 1997.127.3
Former Accession Number L.503
Subject figure; religion (Annunciation, Incarnation); still life
Measurements 65.0 x 52 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased by private treaty through Christie's from the widow of Eric E. Young, 1997.
Provenance Eric E. Young, by 1987-1997.
Principal Exhibitions Painters and Decorators, Northampton Central Museum, 1998, cat. no. 5, as by Ciampelli.

The small size of this work and the loose handling of certain passages suggest that it may have been a modello (preparatory sketch) for an altarpiece.

Rights Owner Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Author Pablo Pérez d'Ors; Dr Angela Smith



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