DescriptionOur striking foil-stamped cards feature a detail of a meticulously executed dove from The Annunciation, a painting by 16th-century master Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish, active by 1507, died 1540/41). Greeting: Peace on Earth.
15 foil-stamped cards and 15 envelopes per box. 4 7/8'' x 6 1/4''.
- 15 foil-stamped cards and 15 envelopes per box
- 4 7/8'' x 6 1/4''
- Greeting: Peace on Earth
Art HistoryCompeted around 1525, The Annunciation panel displays a variety of art objects that work together to communicate the identity of the Van Cleve workshop as well as the complex iconography and theological associations of the Biblical scene. The painting displays the socio-historical milieu of Antwerp during the years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, depicting an affluent domestic interior that reflects the prosperity of the city at the time when the artist worked. The common use of objects loaded with symbolic meaning suggests that there was a standardization of the iconographic vocabulary in panel painting at the time. The painting teems with intricately symbolical details so that the over- development of fifteenth-century tendencies, which characterizes the method of Joos van Cleve and his Antwerp contemporaries, can be observed not only in style, but also in iconography. It was rare for an artist to represent an illumination, a print, and a panel painting within a single composition, as is the case in the original painting, and this appears to suggest a softening of artist guild regulations as well as the development of a collaborative environment in Antwerp by the time this painting was executed. These images within images (illumination, print, and painting) also served to promote the importance of art in Catholic devotional practice at a time when the use of imagery as part of the religious experience was being questioned by most Protestant Reformers.