Lot Details

Lot 2
Florentine School
16th Century
The Annunciate Virgin
Oil and gold leaf on copper
7 x 5 1/2 inches (18 x 14 cm)
Provenance:
According to tradition in the Bracci family, this piece belonged to the Medici in the 1500s, then passed by marriage to the Corsini family during the 17th century
Pope Clement XII (Lorenzo Corsini, 1652-1740)
By gift to the sculptor Pietro Bracci (1700-1773) in 1738 or thereafter
By descent in the Bracci family to the present owner

This lovely work was one of many devotional images inspired by the miraculous image in fresco of the Annunciate Virgin in the Florentine Servite church of Santissima Annunziata, after which the church is named. The fresco was said to have been begun by the Servite brother Fra Bartolommeo in 1252, and, while he was sleeping, completed by an angel. The miraculous image attracted so many pilgrims that in 1448 the Medici commissioned the architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo to design a tabernacle for it, still in situ. The image is revered by visitors to the church today.


Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
Sold for $4,687 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Some areas of abrasion on the crown and in the hair. Scattered touches of restoration to the Virgin's neck and the background. In-painted cracks on her shoulder.





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Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
Sold for $4,687 (includes buyer's premium)

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English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts/Old Master Paintings

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