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The Annunciation to Zacharias

ca. 1350-1400
69 1/2 x 53 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (176.5 x 136.2 x 4.1 cm)

Master of the Urbino Coronation
Italy (active 1350 - 1375)

Italian, made for the church of S. Lucia

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Fresco transferred to canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1943.3
Location: Currently on view
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This painting was once part of a cycle of frescoes in the church of Santa Lucia in Fabriano, a town northeast of Rome. The series probably depicted the story of the life of Saint John the Baptist, who, according to Christian tradition, was the precursor of Christ. The subject, taken from the first chapter of the gospel book of Luke, presents the vision of the aged Zacharias as he officiates at the altar of incense and learns from the Angel Gabriel that his wife Elizabeth, although “well stricken in years,” is to bear a son, John, who will “make ready a people” for the coming of the Lord. The crowds, who “waited…and marveled,” are at the right, dressed in the style of Florence during the 1300s. The pointed turban of the middle figure indicates that he is Jewish. The kneeling figure at the left is probably the donor of the painting.

This painting was removed from the wall in the 1800s and has since been remounted on canvas. It has been connected to two others from the same church, The Crucifixion in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Birth of John the Baptist in the Galleria Nazionale, Rome.

[Gallery label text, June 2013]

[Stefano Bardini (1836-1922), Florence?;] Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi (1878-1955), by 1925; Emmanuel (Manolis) Segredakis (1891-1948), dealer, Paris and New York, ca. 1930; G.J. Demotte (dealer), New York; The Connoisseur, Inc. (dealer, New York?); purchased from them by Brummer Gallery, New York, December 1942 [catalogue number N5405]; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1943

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The Crucifixion This Crucifixion is a section of the same fresco that our Annunciation to Zacharias is part of. A third section, the Birth of John the Baptist, is in the Palazzo Barberini, Rome.

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