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Jan van Eyck's Annunciation

May 22 – September 5, 1994
West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 40

Jan van Eyck, The Annunciation, c. 1434/1436, oil on canvas transferred from panel, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.39

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: A focus exhibition of The Annunciation by Van Eyck was displayed with illuminations from 2 books of hours that illustrated the influence of French manuscript illumination on Van Eyck's iconography and style. The painting was returned to public view in the exhibition after a 2-year restoration. Andrew Mellon had acquired The Annunciation from Russia's Hermitage Museum in 1930 and donated it to the National Gallery when the museum was founded.

Organization: The exhibition curator was John Hand, curator of northern Renaissance paintings at the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition and accompanying brochure were made possible by The Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

Attendance: 86,881

Brochure: Jan van Eyck's Annunciation, by John Oliver Hand. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1994.

Eyck, Jan van
Netherlandish, 1390 - 1441