The Virgin Mary, who is being crowned with a wreath of roses by two angels, stands holding the infant Christ in her arms. A man wearing the black habit, or uniform, of a Benedictine monk kneels on the tiled floor at the Virgin’s feet, and holds a scroll inscribed in Latin with a prayer to her. He commissioned the altarpiece and may have belonged to the monastery in Herzebrock, Westphalia, where the painting comes from.
The monk’s head is on a piece of wood that was inserted and painted in the nineteenth century. The original fragment survives in the Westphalian State Museum of Art and Culture in Münster, where other sections of the altarpiece are housed.
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