”VIRGIN WITH CHILD CROWNED BY ANGELS”. OIL ON PANEL. ANONYMOUS, SPANISH SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY.

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Reference: Z6621

Virgin with Child crowned by angels. Oil on board. Anonymous of Spanish school. Century XVI. Curly frame of Dutch vintage style.
In a natural landscape, with mountains, hills and ground floors in the foreground, a Virgin sitting with the Child in her arms has been placed. In the upper part, two angels appear flying, while holding with one hand a crown on Mary's head. Above the crown, the dove of the Holy Spirit appears surrounded by light. In the back part you can see the reinforcement crossbars that help keep the table flat.
The iconography of this table is called Glorification of the Virgin, and it differs from the Coronation in that Jesus does not appear as an adult. It is a very common theme since the beginning of the development of Marian iconography in the Gothic period, and can be seen in numerous tables of Flemish origin (Virgin with Child of Petrus Christus, circa 1450, Museo del Prado, catalog P01921; Angels, Master of the Madonna André, ca. 1500, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Madrid, inventory 255 or 1930.62), in important Italian works (Madonna del Magnificat, Sandro Botticelli and Alessandro Filipepi, 1481-1485, Uffizi Gallery in Florence) and in engravings such as the one presented by the Durer monogram of the National Library of Spain (inventory 2872698) dated around 1518 and which will be repeated inverted throughout the 15th century (anonymous with anagram AD of around 2563 with inventory 87321 from the same library, for example).
Although the iconography shows heritage of the Gothic and both composition and technique and style are clear heirs of Flemish painting, there are a number of details that are influenced by the Renaissance. Notice the movement in the angels, their posture holding only with one hand the crown and the fact of showing the arms; the Virgin with a veil and her corporeality, in addition to the prominent folds of the mantle (compare with the terracotta sculpture of the Virgin of the Oratory of the Cathedral of León, given in 1536); also the anatomical study in the figure of Jesus. Compare this work with the Virgin and Child by Marcelo Coffermans, dated in 1560 and preserved in the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville, or the Virgin and Child and four angels of the Metropolitan Museum, dated around 1510-1515 and the work of Gerard David, or the Virgin of the Forgiveness of Simon Pereyns in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico."


· Size: 23x30 cms. ext 53x60 cms.

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