Coronation of the Virgin

Accession Number

Coronation of the Virgin


Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodcut on laid paper

9 1/4 in x 6 in (23.5 cm x 15.24 cm);9 3/16 in x 6 1/8 in (23.34 cm x 15.56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Label copy
Philippe Pigouchet and Simon Vostre
France, active 1488–1518; France, active 15th century
Coronation of the Virgin
Woodcut on laid paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink, 2013/2.558

Subject matter
This woodcut depicts the Coronation of the Virgin Mary by Christ in Majesty and probably derives from one of the multitude of Books of Hours produced by the printing and publishing team Philippe Pigouchet and Simon Vostre, who were active in Europe in the early 16th century. Mary kneels and receives a crown from a winged angel behind her.  Christ, who wears papal vestments, including a tiara and sumptuous robe signifying his absolute status, blesses Mary.  His three-tiered tiara represents the Holy Trinity.  The occasion takes place in an ornate architectural setting, perhaps meant to signify the forecourt of heaven.  Clusters of angels witness the event.  Clouds beneath the Virgin's feet in the very foreground distinguish the figures as ascended into heaven as opposed to on earth.

Physical Description
A page from a manuscript depicting a woman, kneeling to be crowned, while a standing man blesses her. She is surrounded by a court of angels in an architectural setting in the clouds.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Late Medieval
angels (spirits)
crowns (headdresses)
devotional images (religious works)
gods (dieties)

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