Paintings of the coronation of the Virgin Mary typically show her being crowned by Christ and God the Father, often accompanied by the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove. Attended by angels, the Virgin sits on a throne of clouds. This composition is a development of an earlier Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin of similar dimensions, painted by Guido Reni in about —3 Museo del Prado, Madrid.
In a starry tondo rising above choirs of angels, Christ places a crown on the head of his mother, who is enthroned on his right. These details and the inscriptions below the tondo refer to passages in the Office for Assumption Day, August Mary sits on Christ's right with a golden halo and gold-colored clothing. This mirrors the verse from Psalm that is quoted in the second nocturn for the feast: Astitit Regina a dextris tuis in vestitu deaurato, circumdata varietate"The queen stood on thy right hand, in gilded clothing; surrounded with variety.
This major acquisition is remarkable not only because few altarpieces come on the art market, but also because of its especially fine condition, including intact side panels. It was painted for Dr. Peter von Clapis, law professor of the University of Cologne, and his wife, Bela Bonenberg, who are represented in small donor portraits in the central panel.
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It is now at the Museo del Prado. There it joined others on Marian religious festivities by the Naples painter Andrea Vaccaro which had been brought to Madrid by cardinal Gaspar de Borja y Velasco. The model for Mary in the work may be the same model as the artist used for the Rokeby Venus.
The Coronation of the Virgin or Coronation of Mary is a subject in Christian artespecially popular in Italy in the 13th to 15th centuries, but continuing in popularity until the 18th century and beyond. Christsometimes accompanied by God the Father and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, places a crown on the head of Mary as Queen of Heaven. In early versions the setting is a Heaven imagined as an earthly court, staffed by saints and angels; in later versions Heaven is more often seen as in the sky, with the figures seated on clouds.
Connect with Facebook to start your own collections! The golden circle surrounding the two has been engraved with different designs representing the music of the heavenly spheres the movement of the planets was believed to produce harmonies that could not be heard by humans. Around the circle is a host of worshiping angels; below are from left to right Saints John the Baptist, Augustine, his mother Monica, and Nicholas of Bari.
Francesco Maringhi, procuratore of the church of Sant'Ambrogioleft money after his death in for a new painting at the high altar of the church. Bills of the payments for the work until have been preserved. In the late s, brother Filippo Lippi had left the convent of the Carmine convent to open an artist workshop of his own; however, having no money enough to pay assistants and apprentices, he worked alone with two usual collaborators, Fra Carnevale and Fra Diamante, along with an unknown "Piero di Lorenzo dipintore".
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