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  • Record Number: 8383
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Purtle , Carol J.
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  • Title: Van Eyck's Washington "Annunciation" : Narrative Time and Metaphoric Tradition
  • Source URL: Art Bulletin (Full Text via JSTOR) 81,1 (March 1999): 117-125. Link Info target = '_blank'>Art Bulletin (Full Text via JSTOR) 81,1 (March 1999): 117-125. Link Info
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Iconography Jan van Eyck, Painter- Annunciation Mary, Virgin, Saint- Annunciation in Art
  • Geographic Area: Low Countries
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Four Figures. Figure One Master of the Hours of Maréchal de Boucicaut, "Annunciation," circa 1409 (Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André ms 2, fol. 53v). Figure Two Robert Campin, "Nativity," circa 1425 (Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts). Figure Three Workshop of Orosius Master, "Cité de dieu: Pagans and Christians," circa 1400 (Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philips Collins Collection, ms 45-65-1, fol. 64). Figure Four Master of the Hours of Maréchal de Boucicaut, Hours of Philip the Good, "Annunciation" circa 1415 (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, ms lat. 10538, fol. 31).
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  • Abstract: As an attempt to relate the recently discovered compositional stages of Jan van Eyck's "Annunciation" in the National Gallery of Art, Washinton D.C., to the development of the artist's final iconographic program, this article builds on the technical findings of Melanie Gifford and the staff of the National Gallery. The initial metaphoric construct of Van Eyck's church building is found to be unique in his oeuvre. His subsequent revisions appear designed to add important historical and theological dimensions to the viewer's perception of the Annunciation event. [Reproduced by Permission of the College Art Association].
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Memphis
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00043079
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