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ARCHANGEL GABRIEL

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About this object

In this fragment of an Annunciation, probably cut from the top of a pair of Royal Doors, the Archangel Gabriel is shown moving swiftly towards the right, his left foot raised in mid-step, his left hand outstretched with three fingers raised, as he announces the coming of the Christ Child to the (here absent) Mother of God. He wears a red hymation over a green chiton, the folds of which are highlighted [?]. His hair is arranged in tight rows of curls through which a ribbon with undulating end is twined and a transparent halo encircles his head. He stands on a ? ground with exuberantly decorated architecture behind him. The wooden board is carved to form a high-relief decorative frame around the kovcheg, with a flattened ogee arch supported on fluted columns and a chequer-board pattern on the base. "The Annunciation" is inscribed in red above the Archangel's head, on a red bole ground from which the original gold leaf has disappeared.

Category:
paintings
Object name:
ARCHANGEL GABRIEL
Made from:
Tempera on wood
Made in:
RUSSIA
Date made:
17th c.
Size:
36.5 × 26 cm (14 3/8 × 10 1/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
54.53
Class:
ICON
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION on recto: "BLAGOVESHCHENIE"
Credit line:
Gift of Madame Augusto Rosso, 1968