unknown artist, called "Maestro del Crocifisso dei Disciplinati," attributed to
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This pair of sculptures forms an Annunciation. As for other works from this time, the angel has lost his wings, which were presumably originally made of wood or possibly a more ephemeral material, maybe fabric or even feathers attached to a wooden frame. The wings would have added to the theatrical effect of these sculptures. Most Annunciation pairs from this time have more slender figures, in some cases so that actual fabric clothing could be added to the sculptures. Here the figures have a more monumental presence, reminiscent of the paintings of the Lorenzetti. (Accordingly, they were not carved from a single trunk, as in other cases, but with additions to create these bulkier forms.) On the basis of stylistic comparison to a crucifix in the Oratorio dei Disciplinati in Siena, this work has been attributed to the same sculptor, whom scholars call the Maestro del Crocifisso dei Disciplinati, and dated to the late fourteenth century. These sculptures, originally from Sant'Antonio in Montalcino, are currently housed in the Museo Civico e Diocesano d'Arte Sacra in Montalcino. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.