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The Annunciation

The Annunciation

15th century

Martin Schongauer

German, ca. 1430 - 1491

Pen and ink
4 5/8 x 6 1/16 in. (11.8 x 15.4 cm)
LeRoy M. Backus Collection
Provenance: Chevalier Ricci (Lugt 632); Desperet, 1865 (Lugt 721); A.F. Didot; Heyl zu Narrnsheim (Lugt 2879); E. Rodrigues (Lugt 897); Mensing, Amsterdam; L. Rosenthal, Bern; Seattle Art Museum. "Le Roy M. Backus Memorial Collection." Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1952
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySan Francisco, California, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1941.

Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, 1946.

New York, New York, Schaeffer Gallery, The Backus Collection at Schaeffer Gallery, Nov. 1948. Cat. no. 26.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Leroy M. Backus Memorial Collection, 1952.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Old Master Drawings From the Seattle Art Museum Collection, Feb. 7 - Mar. 30, 1980 (Owensboro, Kentucky, Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, Aug. 30 - Oct. 4, 1981; Claremont, California, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Nov. 14 - Dec. 18, 1981; San Diego, California, San Diego Museum of Art, Jan. 1 - 30, 1982; El Paso, Texas, El Paso Museum of Art, Mar. 1 - Mar. 29, 1982; Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, May 8 - June 5, 1982; Baton Rouge, Louisiana Art and Science Center, June 27- July 23, 1982; Littleton, Colorado, Northern Colorado Gallery for the Arts, Arapaho Community College, Sept. 3 - Oct. 1, 1982). Text by Erna Mandowsky. Cat. no. 1, pp. 1, 18 [as “In the style of Martin Schongauer, German"].
Published ReferencesSales Catalogue Desperet, Paris, 1865, no. 296.

Firmin-Didot, Drouot, Paris, 1877, No. 38.

Bartsch, "Le Peintre Graveur", Wurzburg: 1920, VI, p. 66, nos. 1-3.

Rodrigues, Muller, Amsterdam, 1921, No. 192, pl. XXXVII.

Rosenberg, Jakob, "Martin Schongauer Handzeich Nungen", R. Piper, Munchen, 1923.

Seattle Art Museum. "Le Roy M. Backus Memorial Collection." Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1952, no. 18, reproduced.

Winzinger, Franz. Die Zeichnunger Martin Schongauers. Berlin: 1962.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Engagement Book, Apr. 18-24, 1965.

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