ROBERT CAMPIN: Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), ca. 1427–1432. The Cloisters-Met Museum, N.Y. One of the most celebrated early Netherlandish paintings—particularly for its detailed observation, rich imagery, and superb condition—this triptych belongs to a group of paintings associated with the Tournai workshop of Robert Campin, who is sometimes referred to as the Master of Flémalle. LINK to read more.
Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), ca. 1427–1432 Workshop of Robert Campin (South Netherlandish, active by 1406, died 1444), detail of right panel. "Joseph works in his carpenter's shop drilling holes in a board. The two mousetraps are thought to allude to a line from the Sermons of Saint Augustine: 'The cross of the Lord was the devil's mousetrap; the bait by which he was caught was the Lord's death.'”
Workshop of Robert Campin (Netherlandish, ca. 1375–1444). Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), ca. 1427–32. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1956 (56.70a–c) #Cloisters