Coronation of the Virgin

Master of the Fröndenberg Altarpiece (German)c. 1410

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This panel once formed the left wing of an altarpiece originally located in a Cistercian convent in the German town of Fröndenberg. The Coronation of the Virgin was a common subject; though it is not based on a biblical text it often appeared in medieval books of hours as a focus of contemplation. It represents the culminating event in the life of Mary. Here, Christ and the Virgin are housed in an architectural setting; the Virgin kneels before Christ as he crowns her in the company of a group of angels. The color palette is particularly rich: pink, deep red, blue, and a delicate green as well as large areas of gold leaf. The well-developed, proportional figures, modeled drapery, and detailed architectural throne suggest an artist with a high level of experience and sophistication.

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  • Title: Coronation of the Virgin
  • Creator: Master of the Fröndenberg Altarpiece (German)
  • Date Created: c. 1410
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 77 x 59.5 x 8 cm (30 5/16 x 23 7/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 64.8 x 47.5 cm (25 1/2 x 18 11/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Haindorf collection, Münster (1853). Loeb collection, Hamm (1879, Berlin sale 1929). (A. S. Drey, Munich).
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1929.920
  • Medium: tempera and gold on wood
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: Germany, 15th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Friends of The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Collection: MED - Medieval Art
  • Accession Number: 1929.920

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