Coronation of the Virgin

Circa 1650 - 1680
Italy

W 8 3/4" × H 24" × D 6 1/4"

Stock # Marh2730

£1,850.00

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17th century polychromed sculpture, depicting the Coronation of the Virgin. The "crown" of Mary has been mentioned since the 6th century, as "corona virginum" (crown of virgins). The crown has several meanings in secular depictions. The ancient laurel crown in the Olympic Games signified victory, and a crown in gold and precious stones indicate power and wealth. In Christian iconography, the crown develops religious meanings. In an early mosaic in Ravenna, Italy, virgins present a crown to the child and Mary as a gesture of humility. The Three kings present their crowns to the newly born Jesus as a symbol of secular power submitting to Christ. Marian crowns often include elements of victory and glory, especially during the Baroque period.

Coronation of the Virgin