(active c. 1450, in southern Germany)

The Annunciation

c. 1450
Oil and gold on linden panel, 16 x 11 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This small panel is painted with a miniaturist's execution and an appealing palette that favours warm rose and purplish tones. The panel exemplifies the influence of early Netherlandish painting of the first half of the fifteenth century. In particular, it recalls works attributed to the Master of Flémalle, such as the Virgin and Child in an Interior. The painter of this panel is perhaps an itinerant artist who assimilated traits of the Netherlandish paintings he encountered, blending them with his own southern German style.

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