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ID number:  BIRBI-42.10
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  attributed to Baronzio, Giovanni (active mid 14th century)
Title / Object name:  The Angel of the of the Annunciation (top), The Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds (centre), The Adoration of the Magi (bottom)
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Rimini
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  Second quarter of the 14th-century
Materials:  Tempera on wood
Measurements:  Whole, including original gabled frame: 44.3 x 20.3 cm
Provenance:  M. Louis C. L. Courajod, Paris; Alphonse Kann, Paris; according to R. van Marle, for sale in London, 1924; Henry Harris; purchased by the Barber Institute, 1942 for £800.

This damaged panel formed the left wing of two, together making what is known as a diptych. At the bottom, the three kings adore the infant Christ; above, within a nativity scene, the shepherds are told of His birth. The opposite panel, which still survives, shows the Crucifixion. The two panels were linked by the figures in the pediments at the top. The angel Gabriel, here, originally faced the Virgin Mary, announcing that she was pregnant.

This work is typical of the rather old fashioned Riminese school, though probably not by the elusive figure of Baronzio.

Notes:  Exhibited: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 'Exhibition of Italian Art', 1930 (no.9)

1 Related People

Baronzio, Giovanni
active mid-14th century

8 Related Publications

Mostra della Pittura Riminese del Trecento
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Italian Pictures of the Renaissance
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Commemorative Catalogue of the Exhibition of Italian Art...Burlington House
Lord Balniel and Clark, K. (ed.)

Dedalo; rassegna d' arte
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The Burlington Magazine
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The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting
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Bollettino d' Arte
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Gazette des Beaux-Arts

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