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European Art
Artist: Fra Angelico, Italian, ca. 1395–1455

The Annunciation

ca. 1423–25

Tempera on panel

unframed: 18.1 × 13.49 × 1.59 cm (7 1/8 × 5 5/16 × 5/8 in.)
unframed: 10 × 7.3 × 1.59 cm (3 15/16 × 2 7/8 × 5/8 in.)
unframed: 18.42 × 17.78 × 1.59 cm (7 1/4 × 7 × 5/8 in.)
Gift of Hannah D. and Louis M. Rabinowitz
1959.15.6
Geography: 
Made in Florence, Italy
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Italian, Florence
Period: 
15th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Albertini Collection, Pistoia (according to dealer's record); Sir Charles Townley Collection, England (1877); Lady Crossley Collection, "Burton-Pynsent," Yeovil, Somerset, England; Koetser Gallery, New York, (May 1939) (according to a photograph in the Richard Offner photoarchives); E. and A. Silberman Galleries*, New York (1940); the Rabinowitz Collection, Sands Point, Long Island (ca. 1944–1959); Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

*According to the Richard Offner photoarchives, as well as 1955 Silberman exhibition publication

Bibliography: 

Charles Seymour Jr., The Rabinowitz Collection of European Paintings (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1961), 18–19, 54.

Charles Seymour Jr., Early Italian Paintings in the Yale University Art Gallery: A Catalogue by Charles Seymour, Jr. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 132–34.

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972), 221; 601.

F. Clancy, Primitives: The Case History of A Collection and Its Conservation (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972), 54.

Miklos Boskovits, Un’Adorazione dei Magi e gli inizi dell’Angelico (Bern, Switzerland: Abegg-Stiftung, 1976), 38,41, p. 50 (note 27), 52 (note 41) (early Angelico).

Giorgio Bonsanti and Beato Angelico, Beato Angelico: catalogo completo (Florence: Octavo Franco Cantini, 1998), 115.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 134.

Miklos Boskovits, “La fase tarda del Beato Angelico: una proposta di interpretazione,” Arte Cristiana 71 (1983): 11–24, no. 694.

Laurence Kanter and Carl Strehlke, Rediscovering Fra Angelico: A Fragmentary History (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001).

Laurence Kanter and Pia Palladino, Fra Angelico (New York and New Haven, Conn.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005).

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 134, 137, fig. 134.

Edna Perkel, An Exhibition of Paintings: for the Benefit of the Research Fund of Art and Archaeology, The Spanish Institute, Inc., exh. cat. (New York: E. and A. Silberman Galleries, Inc., October 12–November 1, 1955), 15, no. 3, as Fra Filippo Lippi, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.