About this artwork
Colyn de Coter directed a workshop in Brussels well into the 16th century, but his style and subjects reflect the traditions of the great 15th-century Netherlandish painters Robert Campin, Jan van Eyck, and Rogier van der Weyden. Here the well-appointed, bourgeois interior underscores Christ’s humanity, even as angels crown the Virgin as the Queen of Heaven. Like his predecessors, De Coter used details of the setting to emphasize both the human and divine aspects of Christ’s nature. Thus, the lion carved on the arm of Mary’s chair alludes to the biblical throne of Solomon, and the prayer inscribed on the hem of her cloak hails her as “mother of the king of angels.” The somewhat claustrophobic treatment of space reflects de Coter’s own style.
- Colyn de Coter
- Virgin and Child Crowned by Angels
- Oil on panel
- Inscribed: ORAPR[O]NObIS*A / AVE*REGINA*... / CELOROM [sic]*MATER*REGIS*ANGVLO / RVM (on hem of the Virgin’s mantle)
- 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.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection