Jul 25, 2006

The Angel of the Annunciation

The Angel of the Annunciation

c. 1470–75

Martin Schongauer

(German, c.1450–1491)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1958.173

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs V.42.2

State: I/I


Did you know?

The sculptor Riemenschneider traveled to Strasbourg and became acquainted with the works of the engraver Martin Schongauer.


This engraving is half of a two-print scene depicting the Annunciation to the Virgin, when the angel Gabriel told Mary she would miraculously give birth to the Son of God. Presumably buyers could purchase the prints separately, although Schongauer probably hoped people would want to collect them both. His engraved lines masterfully emulate different natural qualities and textures, for example the spiraling locks of hair and the angel’s wings.

See also
PR - Engraving
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Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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