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ID number:  BIRBI-39.25
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Title / Object name:  The Coronation of the Virgin
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Nottingham
Culture:  English
Date made:  About 1400 (frame later)
Materials:  Alabaster relief, polychromed (painted in colours) and gilded
Measurements:  103 x 58.5 x 17.8 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Clarence H. Mackay, 1939, for £735

The Virgin Mary, crowned as the Queen of Heaven, is seated on a throne next to Christ. His left hand rests on an orb, symbolising his dominion over the world, and he blesses the Virgin with his right. Carved alabaster panels with religious imagery were exported across Europe in huge quantities from various Midlands workshops during the 14th and 15th centuries. This unusually large and fine example, still with traces of paint and gilding, probably formed the centre of an altarpiece, flanked by figures of the Apostles.

Inscriptions / Translations:  None

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Late Gothic art in England, 1400-1457', Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, 09 October 2003 - 18 January 2004.

Conservation work carried out by Veronika Vlkova (Mareva Conservation) summer 2019.

1 Related Publications

Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547

V & A Publications
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