Annunciation; Nativity

Object Name
Prayer Bead
Artist/Maker
Netherlandish
Object Type
Prayer Bead
Date
1500 - 1530
Medium
boxwood with metal fitting
Credit Line
The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Object Number
AGOID.29362
Location
AGO, Gallery 135 Betty Ann & Fraser Elliott Gallery
Institution/Owner
Art Gallery of Ontario

Dimensions

Overall Closed: 32mm × 34.1mm (3.2 × 3.4 cm)
Overall Open: 63.5mm × 31.9mm × 31.9mm (6.4 × 3.2 × 3.2 cm)

Description

Upper scene: Annunciation; lower scene: Nativity with Annunciation to the Shepherds in the background

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Inscription
Carved Latin inscription in Renaissance capitals:

VIRGO HVMILIS VERBO VITAM DEDIT ATQVE SALVTEM [inner upper]

HIC MIRO MORE VIRGO PARIT ABSQVE DOLORE [inner lower]

[source: Molinier Pabst 1890-2]
Markings
None

Published References

Charles Mannheim, Catalogue des objets d’art et de haute curiosités, antiques, du moyen-âge à la renaissance, composant l’important et précieuse collection Spitzer, dont la vente publique aura lieu à Paris (Paris: Imprimerie de l’Art, 1893, 2139) Exposition Universelle de 1867 à Paris: Pays-Bas (Harlem: Joh. Enschedé et Fils, 1867) p. 70, item 314.

Catalogue Raisonné

Mannheim 1893 no. 2139; Romanelli 84

Provenance

Provenance
Jos Jitta, 1867; Frédéric Spitzer, Paris 1893. Ken Thomson at Sotheby-Parke Bernet, Monaco, 24 June 1976, (lot 312); Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Previous Owner(s)
Frédéric Spitzer

Subjects

Annunciation
Christianity
Nativity
Shepherds

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