WEYDEN, Rogier van der
(b. 1400, Tournai, d. 1464, Bruxelles)

Annunciation Triptych

c. 1440
Oil on oak panel, 86 x 92 cm (central panel), 87 x 36,5 cm (each wing)
Musée du Louvre, Paris (central), Galleria Sabauda, Turin (wings)

The central scene of the Annunciation takes place in a luxurious interior, depicted with convincing spatial feeling. The white lilies and glass carafe symbolize the purity of Mary. The fireplace is already out of use on March 25, Annunciation Day, and has a wooden cover over it. The donor in the left-hand wing (the two wings may be by another hand) was later entirely overpainted, and not very well. The right-hand wing shows the Visitation.