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Giusto de' Menabuoi, 'The Coronation of the Virgin, and Other Scenes', 1367

Key facts
Full title The Coronation of the Virgin, Scenes from the Lives of Joachim and Anna, and from the Life of the Virgin
Artist Giusto de' Menabuoi
Artist dates active probably 1349 - 63; died 1390/91
Date made 1367
Medium and support Egg tempera on poplar
Dimensions 48 × 25 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number NG701
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Coronation of the Virgin, and Other Scenes
Giusto de' Menabuoi

This triptych – a folding picture in three parts – was most likely made for private contemplation and worship. The central image shows Christ crowning the Virgin Mary after her ascension to heaven. Orderly tiers of cherubim and seraphim (the blue and red winged creatures at the very top), angels and saints are arranged around the throne. Below, two groups of saints look up in devotion towards the Virgin and Christ.

The panels on either side of this scene show the Nativity of Christ on the left and the Crucifixion on the right. The upper parts together show the Annunciation – the moment the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive the son of God.

The reverses of the two outer wings are painted with scenes from the life of the Virgin, from the story of her conception to her marriage to Joseph.

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