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lower left on the Virgin's book: Ecce Virgo [con]cipiet [et] p / pariet fili[u]m / et uocabit / ur nom[en] eiu / [s] emanuel / butirum [et] mel / comedit ut fiat [sic] / reprobare ma / lu[m] [et] eligiere b / onum (Propter hoc dabit Dominus ipse vobis signum. Ecce virgo concipiet, et paret filium, et vocabitur nomen eius Emmanuel. Butyrum et mel comedet, ut sciat reprobare malum, et eligere bonum; Isaiah 7:14-15)

Provenance

Count Gustav Adolf Wilhelm von Ingenheim [1789-1855], Berlin and Ober-Rengersdorf, by the 1810s or 1820s;[1] sold 1930 by his descendants to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold May 1936 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[2] gift 1939 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1935
Exposition de L'Art Italien de Cimbaue à Tiepolo, Petit Palais, Paris, 1935, no. 304.
Bibliography
1931
Valentiner, Wilhelm R. "Eine Verkündigung Masolinos." Pantheon 8 (October 1931): 413-416, repro.
1933
Venturi, Lionello. Italian Paintings in America. 3 vols. New York and Milan, 1933: 2:187
1941
Duveen Brothers. Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941: no. 30, repro.
1941
Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1941: 126-127, no. 337.
1942
Book of Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 246, repro. 150.
1944
Frankfurter, Alfred M. The Kress Collection in the National Gallery. New York, 1944: 18, repro.
1945
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1945 (reprinted 1947, 1949): 27, repro.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 49, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 84.
1966
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools, XIII-XV Century. London, 1966: 93-94, fig. 255.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 74, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 218, repro.
1979
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1979: I:307, II:pl. 220
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 76, no. 21, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 252, repro.
1993
Roberts, Perri Lee. Masolino da Penicale. Oxford, 1993: 100, repro.
2003
Boskovits, Miklós, and David Alan Brown, et al. Italian Paintings of the Fifteenth Century. The Systematic Catalogue of the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2003: 472-478, color repro.