The Virgin and the Angel of the Annunciation

Marcellus Coffermans (active 1549-1578)

Details about Coffermans’ life are not known but he was a master in the Antwerp painter’s guild in 1549, and in age of Brueghel he continued to paint in the style of the previous generation of Flemish artists.

The influence of Rogier Van der Weyden is notable in his works. He painted small works on panels, many of which were exported to Spain.

This work is two wings of a triptych (three panelled painting) and shows the Angel Gabriel appearing before the Virgin Mary.

The vase pictured in the foreground contains lilies and roses, both symbols of the Virgin Mary and pansies the symbol of the Trinity.