Coronation of the Virgin
Lorenzo Monaco (c.1370/1-1425)
Tempera on panel, integral frame with gabled top
Height: 195 cm; Width: 154.7 cm;
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966
About this work
In the years around 1400, the Camaldolese monk Lorenzo Monaco was Florence’s leading painter. This work was made for an altarpiece for the high altar of the church of San Gaggio. It was at the top of this structure, possibly above a metal screen.
Jesus crowns his mother as Queen of Heaven against a cloth of honour. Christ appears again in the trefoil arch above. He holds a book inscribed with Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, signifying God’s eternity.
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