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coronation of Mary

Coronation of the Virgin

Origin / Date Nottingham, 15th century
Material Alabaster with gilding and polychromy
Dimensions 42 x 26 cm
Availability Sold

Description

The coronation of Mary
Single panel from a Life of the Virgin altarpiece. Top corners of background missing but overall in excellent condition.

Commentary

A fine example of the crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven. Two things differentiate this from the more usual rendition of this last scene in the life of the Virgin.  The Holy Spirit is depicted as dove rather than a third figure of the Trinity and there is a kneeling figure of a donor/supplicant, somebody who represents us, the viewer, and also confirms Mary in her new role as intermediary between ordinary penitents and the Father.

Provenance

Private collection France

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