Virgin and Child Crowned by Angels

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

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1490/95

Artist:

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

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 claustraphobic treatment of space reflects de Coter’s own style.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 202

Artist

Colyn de Coter

Title

Virgin and Child Crowned by Angels

Origin

Belgium

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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