The Virgin is being crowned by flying angels. Two standing angels play a lute and a harp. The gold of the elaborate Gothic throne, suggestive of a church, is created with gold leaf overlaid with black lines, whereas the radiance around the Virgin's head and the embroidery of the hem of her dress are executed in thick yellow paint. Though a small devotional image, the effects of shifting background space are complex and sophisticated.

Key facts

Artist dates
1465/6 - 1530
Full title
The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Four Angels
Date made
about 1506-9
Medium and support
Oil on oak
62.3 × 43.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by C. W. Dyson Perrins, 1958
Inventory number
Location in Gallery