In a rounded frame
representing Heaven, Mary kneels with arms crossed while the seated
Father places the crown on her head. This pattern, though well known,
is not as common as the one followed by such works as Veneziano's Coronation.
Left to right, the
standing figures below are St. John the Evangelist, St. Augustine, St.
Jerome, and St. Eligius.
Works attributed to
the first three of these saints are quoted copiously in the Golden Legend's chapter on the
Assumption of Mary and her glorious entry into Heaven (html or pdf). St. Eligius was the
patron saint of the goldsmiths' guild that commissioned the painting
and the chapel in which it hangs.