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Identification and Creation
Object Number
R2249
People
Schelte Adams à Bolswert, Flemish (c. 1586 - 1659)
After Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish (Siegen, Westphalia 1577 - 1640 Antwerp, Belgium)
Title
The Annunciation
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1630-1645
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands
Culture
Flemish
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Engraving
Technique
Engraving
Dimensions
sheet: 43.6 × 32.8 cm (17 3/16 × 12 15/16 in.)
Provenance
John Witt Randall, bequest to his sister.
Belinda Lull Randall, gift to Harvard University, 1892. sister of John Witt Randall
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
H. 4, LeBl. 7
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Belinda L. Randall from the collection of John Witt Randall
Object Number
R2249
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Label Text: The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 , written 2017
Prints after the paintings of Baroque and Renaissance artists adorned the walls of the Philosophy Chamber for much of its history. An early 19th-century inventory indicates that depictions of two biblical scenes—the Annunciation and the Agony in the Garden—were displayed alongside works by contemporary American artists. While religious images might seem an unusual choice for a room devoted to the teaching of science, theology and natural philosophy were intimately entangled in Harvard’s curriculum. Indeed, professors of natural philosophy were required to “make such incidental reflections upon the Being, Perfections and Providence of God, as may arise from his subjects.”

Publication History

Ethan Lasser, ed., The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), p. 78, Plate 14; p. 37 in Ethan W. Lasser's "Harvard's Teaching Cabinet"

Exhibition History

The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/19/2017 - 12/31/2017

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