The Torah in the Altarpiece:
Domingo Ram (Aragon), Retablo of St. John the Baptist, Annunciation to Zacharias, Late 15th century, Tempera on wood, gold ground,
In this spectacular painting, the Annunciation to Zachariah has an unusual setting: the Holy of Holies in the Jerusalem Temple. The prophet is dressed as the high priest on Yom Kippur, and fidelity to Jewish text, says curator Vivian Mann, is extensive—including the bells on the garment hem, and the chain around the prophet’s leg held by a priest outside the sacred space. “This is all in the mishnah,” she says. “It’s incredible to find it in an altarpiece.”
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters Collection, 1925 (25.120.929)