The Dresden Triptych is a very small hinged-triptych altarpiece signed
and dated 1437 by the Early Netherlandish painter Jan van Eyck. It
consists of five paintings: one central and four on two double-sided
wings. It may have been intended as a portable altarpiece, and is his
only extant non-portrait painting signed with his personal motto ALC IXH
XAN ("I Do as I Can"). The outer wings show the Virgin Mary and the
Archangel Gabriel in an Annunciation scene in grisaille. The inner
panels are set in an ecclesiastical interior. In the central inner panel
Mary holds the Christ Child; in the left-hand outer wing the Archangel
Michael presents a kneeling donor; on the right Saint Catherine of
Alexandria reads a prayer book (depicted). The triptych's frames are the
originals; richly decorated with Latin inscriptions, they indicate that
the donor, whose identity is now lost, was highly educated. The coats of
arms on the interior borders are associated with the Giustiniani of
Genoa – an influential albergo active from 1362.
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