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This painting appeared on the outside of the right wing of an altarpiece possibly made for a member of the Bollis family of Sint-Truiden. It is painted in grisaille (in shades of black, white and grey) and would have been visible when the altarpiece was closed.
The whole triptych (painting in three parts) was probably produced in the workshop of Pieter Coecke van Aalst. It bears some resemblance to an Annunciation painted in Coecke’s workshop for Willem van Brussel, Abbot of St Trudo, between 1516 and 1532. The wings have been split; this painting remains on its oak panel. An image of the female donor (also in our collection) was originally on the inside.
The Virgin Annunciate: Reverse of Right Hand Shutter
Oil on canvas, transferred from oak
H 76.2 x W 43.2 cm
Bequeathed by Mrs Joseph H. Green, 1880