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The Annunciate Virgin, Saint Andrew with a Donor and His Sons, Saint Catherine of Alexandria with a Donor and Her Daughters, and the Annunciate Angel

Wings from a triptych, made into four panels

Jan Provost, Netherlandish (active Antwerp and Bruges), first documented 1493, died 1529

Made in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe

Early 16th century

Oil on panel

Far left panel: 23 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches (59.4 x 21.3 cm) Left panel: 23 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches (59.4 x 21 cm) Right panel: 23 1/8 x 8 5/8 inches (58.7 x 21.9 cm) Far right panel: 23 1/8 x 8 11/16 inches (58.7 x 22.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 317, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 355

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The Virgin and the Angel Gabriel are painted in grisaille, shades of gray, to imitate the appearance of sculpture in paint. They originally adorned the exterior of an altarpiece when the wings were closed . When open, the altarpiece would have contained a central image flanked by the panels showing a family kneeling beneath their patron saints.

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