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Annunciation to the Shepherds (Opening of Terce, Hours of the Virgin)

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A miniature from a Book of Hours depicting in the foreground two shepherds in red and blue with staves gaze heavenward while their flock grazes at the right and a gray dog lies curled at their feet. A winding road leads to the back of the scene, along which stands a small white cross. On the...

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Provenance

Until 1943, Miss E. M. Ranshaw (d. by 1943), London; February 9, 1943, posthumous Ranshaw sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 106, to Raphael Rosenberg [see note 1]; sold by Raphael Rosenberg to his brother, Saemy Rosenberg, Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; 1943, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to the MFA for $2500 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: October 14, 1943) NOTES: [1] Miss Ranshaw had owned a total of sixteen miniatures from the same Book of Hours, which were sold together in 1943. Grete Ring, Arthur Kauffmann, and Raphael Rosenberg bought them, acquiring four leaves each (selling the remaining four leaves to a private collector, F. Springell). The four leaves acquired by Rosenberg are MFA accession numbers 43.212 - 43.515. [2] MFA accession numbers 43.212 - 43.215 were acquired together for this price.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

French (Paris), Medieval (Gothic), about 1400

Place of Manufacture

Paris, France

Dimensions

Overall: 10.2 x 5.8 cm (4 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.212

Medium or Technique

Tempera and gold on parchment

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts