Triptych. Centre: The Virgin and Child Enthroned. Left wing: The Nativity; The Angel of the Annunciation. Right wing: The Crucifixion; The Virgin Annunciate
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Triptych. Centre: The Virgin and Child Enthroned. Left wing: The Nativity; The Angel of the Annunciation. Right wing: The Crucifixion; The Virgin Annunciate 14th century

On Display SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY

This triptych was probably made for a private chapel in a church or family palace in the mid-fourteenth century. The wings open to reveal the image of the Virgin and Christ Child hovering in a blaze of golden radiance. The four female and four male saints have not been identified. The Christ Child receives a rose from a Bishop, possibly St Ambrose. The Annunciation is included at the top of the wings, with Gabriel opposite the Virgin. Below are the Adoration of the Kings and the Crucifixion. Decorative punching enriches the haloes and gold background of all the panels.

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Triptych

An artwork consisting of three components. It may refer specifically to a work with wings that fold over the central image; this is a common form for altarpieces.

Triptych

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 1958
  • Medium Tempera and gold on panel
  • Size Overall (with shutters closed): 71.00 x 31.00 cm; Wing (right, inside mouldings): 51.30 x 11.20 cm; Centre (inside mouldings): 47.50 x 22.80 cm; Wings (left, inside moudlings): 51.30 x 12.00 cm (framed: 91.80 x 72.20 x 10.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1942