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The Coronation of the Virgin: M.2-1923

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


The Coronation of the Virgin


Production: Unknown




Alabaster carved in high relief with traces of the original colour and gilding. The Virgin is seated on a backless throne in the centre, strictly frontalised, with her hands outspread. Her draperies are arranged in highly conventional symmetry. On either side at her feet is a gilded feathered angel with four wings showing spines on the inner surface. The angel on the left plays a lute, whilst the one opposite probably played a harp (see documentation). Above the angels, seated on backless thrones, are two persons of the Trinity, crowned and bearded, facing inwards and placing a triple crown on the head of the Virgin. Above the Virgin's crown appears out of the clouds the third person of the Trinity, half-length, crowned and bearded, frontalised and with hands outspread. Between the heads of the Three persons of the Trinity appear two half-length angels rising out of the clouds, with hands outspread and wings coloured as those below. The background is crowded with little gilded knobs and there are many traces of the original colour, especially the gilt borders to the edges of the robes, the tinted lips, the large fiery halo behind the Virgin's head, the red mantle of the figure on the left and the blue mantle of the figure on the right. [Description taken from Philip Nelson, 1920].


History note: Mr Grosvenor Thomas; sold, 18 May 1923, lot 290.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5 cm
Height: 43.9 cm
Width: 28.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Nottingham ⪼ Nottinghamshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1923) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


15th century
Circa 1420 CE - Circa 1460 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint gold

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Alabaster, carved in high relief, with traces of the original colour and gilding

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-1923
Primary reference Number: 31298
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_2_1923
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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