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The Annunciation

A work made of oil on panel, transferred to canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel, transferred to canvas.


Completed by 1457


Johann Koerbecke
German, about 1420–1490

About this artwork

The Annunciation was one of eight scenes from the life of the Virgin decorating the inside of the wings of Johann Koerbecke’s masterpiece, the altarpiece formerly on the high altar of the Cistercian abbey of Marienfeld, near Münster in northwest Germany. The wings framed the altarpiece’s center, where relics and a gilded statue of the Virgin and Child were displayed when the altarpiece was opened on feast days. The gilded backgrounds and festive architecture of the wings enhanced the splendor of the open altarpiece. The backs of the moveable wings, decorated with more somber Passion subjects in naturalistic landscape settings, were visible when the altarpiece was closed. The ensemble was dismantled in the late 17th century, and the panels were dispersed in the early 19th century, after the wings had been sawn apart, separating the Passion scenes from those on the interior.


On View, Gallery 237


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Johann Koerbecke


The Annunciation


Germany (Artist's nationality)




Oil on panel, transferred to canvas


Inscribed: [a]ve gratia plena dominus tecum (on Gabriel’s scroll)


Panel: 93.3 × 65.8 cm (36 3/4 × 25 7/8 in.); Painted Surface: 92 × 64.2 cm (36 3/16 × 25 1/4 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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