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Coronation of the Virgin

The Coronation of the Virgin as Queen of Heaven is not described in the Bible. In narrative sequences it is usually placed after her Assumption.

In Italian paintings of the subject the Virgin is generally shown being crowned by her son, Jesus Christ, surrounded by members of the heavenly hierarchy. In this context the Virgin is seen as representing the Church. This form of depiction was particularly popular in Florence in the 14th century, and is later reflected in Lorenzo Monaco's altarpiece of 'The Coronation of the Virgin' in the Collection.

 
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