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Panel - The Coronation of the Virgin

The Coronation of the Virgin

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved, painted and gilt alabaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.82-1946

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is the only panel in the Collection depicting the Coronation of the Virgin which shows Christ and the Virgin Mary seated side by side. Christ's right hand, which is missing, would originally have been placing the crown on her head.

Physical description

The panel has an embattled top. The crowned Virgin, wearing a tight-fitting gown and a cloak draped from her right shoulder, is on the left of the panel, seated on the throne beside God the Son and turned towards him, her hands held together. She wears shoes. God the Son, crowned and with a bifid beard, is seated on the right of the panel wearing a gown and a heavy belt at the waist, and a cloak over his shoulders. His feet are bare. He is turned towards the Virgin, his right arm raised, presumably in blessng, and his left hand holding an orb on the throne beside him.

The battlementing is chipped. The Son's right hand and forearm are missing. The usual daisy pattern remains on a green ground. Gilt and gesso knobs appear on the upper background. The crowns and hair of the two figures are gilded. The edges of their robes are gilt, as well as the Son's belt and orb. There are some seven holes drilled in the back of the panel, some of them filled with lead. The bottom of the panel has been scooped away.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1400 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved, painted and gilt alabaster

Dimensions

Height: 43.7 cm, Width: 29.9 cm

Object history note

In the possession of P. Nelson and on loan from him since 1923. Latterly in the possession of Dr W. L. Hildburgh and on loan from him since 1926. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.

Descriptive line

Panel, alabaster, The Coronation of the Virgin, English, ca. 1400.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 210 (cat. 137), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0

Materials

Alabaster; Paint; Gilt

Techniques

Carving; Painting; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Crown; Belt; Throne; Gown; Orb; Cloak; Shoes

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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