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The Annunciation:Composite X-ray image
The Annunciation:Composite X-ray image
Shades of white indicate vermilion pigment, whose mercury content blocks X-rays and so registers densely in an X-ray image. Vermilion is very stable and can retain its original appearance in pictures that may otherwise be in poor condition.


Dieric Bouts
Flemish, 1450 - 1455
Distemper on linen
35 7/16 x 29 3/8 in.
85.PA.24