The Annunciation

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Constantini, Florence, Italy, who possibly acquired the terra cotta relief in Prato, Italy;{1} Charles Fairfax Murray [1849-1919], London, England.{2} Adolph von Beckerath [1834-1915], Berlin, Germany, by 1898 and until his death;{3} Estate auction at (Rudolf Lepke, Berlin), in 1916.{4} Elizabeth Drey of (Paul Drey Gallery, New York, New York) by 1962; Edith Whitehill Clowes in 1962;{5} Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, Indiana, on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1971; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in 2018.

{1} This is suggested in the auction catalogue, Nachlass Adolf von Beckerath, Berlin, Rudolph Lepke’s Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Berlin, 1916, lot no. 65 (ill. plate 10).
{2} Ibid.
{3} Von Beckerath is identified as the owner of the terra cotta relief in Ausstellung von Kunstwerken des Mittelalters und der Renaissance aus Berliner Privatbesitz veranstaltet von der kunstgeschichtlichen Gesellschaft, Alte Akademie der Künste, 20 May – 3 July 1898, p. 82, with installation photo plate LIX.
{4} Nachlass Adolf von Beckerath, Berlin, Rudolph Lepke’s Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Berlin, 19 May 1916, lot no. 65 (ill. plate 10).
{5} Bill of Sale from Paul Drey Gallery to Edith Whitehill Clowes, 15 May 1962, in Clowes Registration File, C10097)

Object Information

artist
Unknown
nationality
Italian
creation date
about 1450
materials
terra-cotta with traces of polychromy
dimensions
18 x 22 in.
accession number
2018.31
credit line
The Clowes Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors

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