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Attributed to Master of the Brunswick Diptych (North Netherlandish painter, active ca. 1480-1510) , The Annunciation

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Title The Annunciation
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): The Burrell Collection
Artist Attributed to Master of the Brunswick Diptych (North Netherlandish painter, active ca. 1480-1510)
Previously attributed to German School
Date Earliest about 1480
Date Latest about 1510
Description In a domestic interior, the Virgin kneels before a prie-dieu, right. She wears a long white dress with a bold light-blue decorative pattern, and over it, a long blue cloak. Her left hand holds the book she has been reading, her right is held up to acknowledge the Angel Gabriel, who appears at the left. The Virgin has long red tresses; her eyes are closed or downcast, and her head is inclined towards the Angel. Gabriel, who also appears to be kneeling, is dressed in a long white robe; around the neck, and fluttering to the ground are long red ribbons. In the left hand, the Angel holds a sceptre, the right hand is raised above his head in a gesture of greeting. He also has long red hair, tied with a simple band; his wings, with white inner sides and colourful exteriors, stretch out behind him. Between the two figures is an earthenware pot with a single stem of lilies. Above the Virgin's head is a white dove, linked by rays of light to an image of God the Father seen in the sky through a window, left. A three-legged chair with a pinkish-red cushion is against the wall behind the figures. A pinkish-red canopied bed, on a chequer-pattern floor, is behind the Virgin on the right. The floor in the foreground is of a more complex pattern incorporating reddish-brown octagons. A landscape is also visible through the windows on the left.
Current Accession Number 35.639
Former Accession Number 17
Subject religion (Annunciation)
Measurements 144.5 x 35.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Given by Sir William and Lady Burrell 1944.
Provenance Charles T. D. Crews, ‘deceased, late of 41 Portman Sq., W., and Billingbear Park, Berks' sale, Christie's, London, 1-2 July 1915, 2nd day, lot 190 (as ‘School of Westphalia'), bought by Martin, £546 for Sir William Burrell (1861-1958), 8 Great Western Terrace, Glasgow.
Principal Exhibitions The Burrell Collection loan exhibition, Tate Gallery, London, 1924, cat. no. 99; Arts Council, 1950/1, cat. no. 46; , Royal Academy, London, 1962, cat. no. 19; Treasures of the Burrell Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, 1975, cat. no. 3, ill.; Arts Council, 1977/8, cat. no. 132.
Publications Friedländer, M. J., Altniederländische Malerei, V (Geertgen und Bosch), Berlin, 1927, pp. 52-53, 134, no. 17, pl .XVIII as ‘attributed to the Master of Brunswick', Friedländer, M. J., Early Netherlandish Painting, Leiden 1967-76, IV, pp. 31-37 under ‘Geertgen's Followers'; Kessler, J., Geertgen tot Sint Jans: zijne herkomst en invloed in Holland, unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Utrecht, 1930; Hoogewerff, G. J., De Noord-Nederlandsche Schilderkunst, The Hague, 1937, II, p. 197 as by ‘the Master of Brunswick' (=Jan Jansz. van Haarlem;); Vogelsang, W., Geertgen tot Sint Jans, Amsterdam, 1945; Scottish Arts Review, 1954, 4, p. 20 (ill.); Middeleeuwse Kunst der Noordelijke Nederlanden, Amsterdam, 1958, pp. 55-58, nos. 25-31; Van Thiel, P. J. J., et al., All the Paintings in the Rjksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1976, p. 631; Châtelet, A., Early Dutch Painting, Oxford, 1981, pp. 124-133, 223-226 as perhaps Jacob Jansz van Haarlem (;fl. 1483-1509); Snyder, J. E., ‘Master of the Brunswick Diptych', Dictionary of Art, London, 1996, 20, pp. 636-637.
Notes Arched top. Previously attributed to the German (Westphalian) school.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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