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This fine lintel carved with the Annunciation is a rare survival from a 15th Century Flemish interior. The composition with both the Angel and Mary on the same plain with lily filled urn between has similarities with painting of the 15th Century such as Van Eyck’s Altarpiece from St. Bavon Cathedral Ghent (1432), or The Master of Flemalle scene of the same subject in the Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels. The cascading folds of the robes which splay out round both Angel and Virgin is likewise a characteristic of painting.
There is a lintel of comparable proportions in situ in the fireplace of the Gruut Haus Museum in Bruges which has aspects which indicate a similar provenance. The Angel in particular has the same pose with the shape of the face framed by curling hair. The banderole scroll in the Gruut Haus example has however been replaced by a sceptre and a document with attached seal to confirm the message.
Another similarity is the row of rosettes along the base of the lintel.
|Height||40.00 cm||(15.75 inches)|
|Width||180.00 cm||(70.87 inches)|