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This panel – a pinnacle panel – comes from the uppermost part of a large multi-panelled altarpiece painted for the church of Santa Croce, Florence. There were originally six of these, and four survive. Two others are in our collection (they show King David and Moses), as well as panels from other tiers.
The verse was interpreted by Christians to refer to the conception of Christ. This image was intended to remind viewers that Christ’s birth had been foretold in the Old Testament and that it was part of God’s divine plan.
Tempera on poplar
H 46 x W 32 cm
Presented by Henry Wagner, 1918