The Annunciate Virgin
Oil and gold leaf on copper
7 x 5 1/2 inches (18 x 14 cm)
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.
Additional Notes & Condition Report
Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Doyle New York shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
No condition report? Click here to request one.