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ID number:  BIRBI-51.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  attributed to Grebber, Pieter Fransz. de (c.1600-1652/53)
Title / Object name:  The Angel appearing to Anna
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  about 1625-50
Materials:  Oil on wood, hardwood oak
Measurements:  38.7 x 29.8 cm unframed; 55.8 x 45.9 x 7.2cm framed
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. Duits Ltd., in 1951 for £300.

Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary, is barren and she prays for a child. An angel appears to announce that her petition has been answered and she is pregnant with a daughter. The story of Anne and her husband Joachim does not feature in the New Testament; instead, it was taken from a body of writing known as the apocrypha, a rich source of religious legend.

De Grebber was a Catholic artist living in Protestant Holland. He painted religious scenes for patrons in Flanders and the secret Catholic churches of Holland.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Dutch painting of the seventeenth century', Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, 1961, no. 61 (under Jan Lievens).

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Grebber, Pieter Fransz. de
c. 1600
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