Giovanni di Paolo
The Coronation of the Virgin
Tempera on panel
Metropolitan Museum of Art
This follows the common pattern first seen at Senlis,
with Mary and Christ enthroned side by side and flanked by two angels,
with the 13th-century refinement of having the Son place the crown on
his mother's head.
by the Metropolitan Museum, New York:
(Siena), ca. 1400–1482
More of the Coronation
of the Virgin
5/8 x 51 11/16 in. (179.9 x 131.3 cm)
and extensive use of silver and gold indicate that this panel—one of
artist's finest and best preserved works—derives from an important
though its early history is not known. It is likely that a predella
scenes from the life of the Virgin was originally below the main panel
of the Coronation.
The early provenance is unknown. The painting is illustrated in
of the Galleria Bardini, Florence, Italy, made about 1890 (for which
F. Scalia and C. de Benedictis, eds. Il Museum Bardini a Firenze, vol.
I, 1984, pls. 73,74), and was published in 1907 as in the possession of
Stefano Bardini (F.M. Perkins, "Ancora dei dipinti sconosciuti della
senese," Rassegna d'arte senese, 3, 1907, p. 82). According to an
report, Bardini owned the painting for some thirty years. At some date
after 1907 it was purchased by Alphonse Kann, Paris, France, from whom
it was acquired by Philip Lehman in November 1913. Bequeathed by Philip
Lehman to Pauline Ickleheimer. Acquired by Robert Lehman, New York, New
York, in 1946.
Photo: Metropolitan Museum