Shortly after the Jesuits had founded a Fraternity in Antwerp in 1609, Rubens painted an altarpiece of 'The Annunciation' for their chapel, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. This was reproduced in an engraving by Schelte à Bolswert with some changes of detail and format. The sketch in the Ashmolean, which corresponds closely to the print, must be the model painted by Rubens for the engraver. As the print seems to have been made some years after the altarpiece, the painting, too, must be later in date.
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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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