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Virgin and Child Crowned by Angels

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1490/95

Artist:

Colijn de Coter
Netherlandish, 1450/55–before 1539/40

About this artwork

A prolific painter in Brussels, Colijn de Coter continued the pioneering symbolism of 15th-century Northern artists on a large scale. In this panel, the central image in a three-part altarpiece called a triptych, the painter imbued household objects with Christian meanings. The green curtain hanging from the bed, for example, doubles as the cloth of honor that traditionally frames Mary as she is crowned Queen of Heaven. The glassware and wash basin on the sideboard allude to her purity, as does the bouquet of lilies at the bottom right, while the lion finial marks her seat as the throne of wisdom. The fusion of contemporary bourgeois interior with religious iconography underscores Jesus’s humanity as well as the continued relevance of the biblical narrative.

Status

On View, Gallery 202

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Colyn de Coter

Title

Virgin and Child Crowned by Angels

Place

Belgium (Object made in)

Date

1490–1495

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed: ORAPR[O]NObIS*A / AVE*REGINA*... / CELOROM [sic]*MATER*REGIS*ANGVLO / RVM (on hem of the Virgin’s mantle)

Dimensions

151.9 × 88.6 cm (59 13/16 × 34 7/8 in.) Painted surface: 150 × 86.8 cm (59 1/16 × 34 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1039

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