Signed and dated in pencil, l.r.: Alechinsky 1970 Stamp in black ink in upper l. corner of verso: Timbre/1F/50c Blind stamp of seated woman (below inked stamp): Republique Francaise (?) Embossed stamp on verso, u.l.c.: P. LOUIS NOTAIRE / (illegible)
Signed and dated in pencil, l.r.: Alechinsky 1970 Stamp in black ink in upper l. corner of recto: Timbre/1F/50c Blind stamp of seated woman (below inked stamp): Republique Francaise (?) Embossed stamp on verso, u.l.c.:
An angel, holding a scepter in his left hand and making a gesture of speech with his right, interrupts the Virgin at her reading. She kneels on the floor and rests her left hand on an open book placed atop a lectern. A vase with a flowering lily sits on the floor between the angel and the Virgin and a small white dove encircled by a halo hovers between them. The scene unfolds within an elaborate and richly decorated interior that includes a chair and canopied bed in the background.
This painted panel depicts the Annunciation in which the archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she has been chosen to give birth to the son of God. The Virgin turns from her reading and humbly accepts the divine decree as the Holy Spirit, a white dove encircled by light, descends to impregnate her. The flowering white lily placed on the floor nearby symbolizes her virtue and purity.
This marble statue depicts a standing male figure, who holds a closed book in his left hand and makes what appears to be a gesture indicating speech with his right. The curls of his flowing beard and long hair are echoed in the gentle curving folds and undulating edges of his long robe and mantle. He turns his head downward and to his left
This standing apostle, produced in the Belgian city of Liege, formerly stood in the interior of a church, where he would have appeared in a niche above eye level as part of a larger sculptural ensemble that probably included the other apostles and religious figures.