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

The Annunciation (detail)

c. 1440
Oil on oak panel
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Archangel Gabriel is clothed like a priest conducting a liturgical service, wearing a cope of expensive gold brocade over his alb, and a stole of red-gold brocade fabric. The huge clasp of the cope, in the form of a quatrefoil, shows a standing figure, probably God, in an architectural frame that looks like a cross section through a basilica. Two small figures at the sides, presumably angels, are revering the central figure.