The Coronation of the Virgin

Follower of Botticelli (Italian, Florentine, fourth quarter 15th century)

Tempera on canvas, transferred from wood
39 1/2 x 60 1/4 in. (100.3 x 153 cm)
Credit Line:
The Jules Bache Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
  • Catalogue Entry


  • Provenance

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, London; [Paul Cassirer, Berlin]; Prince Charles Max von Lichnowsky, Chuchelná, Czech Republic; [J. and S. Goldschmidt, Berlin, 1927; sold for 40,000 marks to Duveen]; [Duveen, Paris, London, and New York, 1927–28; sold for $287,500 to Bache]; Jules S. Bache, New York (1928–d. 1944; his estate, 1944–49; cats., 1929, unnumbered; 1937, no. 4; 1943, no. 4)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Bache Collection," June 16–September 30, 1943, no. 4 (as by Botticelli).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Florentine Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum," June 15–August 15, 1971, no catalogue.

  • References

    A Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of Jules S. Bache. New York, 1929, unpaginated, ill., attributes it to Botticelli and dates is about 1495–1500.

    Royal Cortissoz. "The Jules S. Bache Collection." American Magazine of Art 21 (May 1930), p. 247, ill. p. 245.

    August L. Mayer. "Die Sammlung Jules Bache in New-York." Pantheon 6 (December 1930), p. 541, ill. p. 537, dates it about 1495–1500 and attributes it to Botticelli.

    H. E. Wortham. "The Bache Collection." Apollo 11 (May 1930), p. 352, calls it a work of Botticelli's later period.

    Raimond van Marle. "The Renaissance Painters of Florence in the 15th Century: The Third Generation." The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting. 12, The Hague, 1931, p. 172, fig. 104, attributes it to Botticelli.

    Bernhard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 104, attributes it to Botticelli, dating it not later than 1486.

    Bernhard Berenson. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 90.

    Carlo Gamba. Botticelli. Milan, [1936], p. 163, fig. 135 [French ed., (1937), pp. 171–72, fig. 135], attributes it to Botticelli, identifies the figure beside Saint Francis as Saint Miniato, and dates it after 1490.

    A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. under revision. New York, 1937, unpaginated, no. 4, ill.

    Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941, unpaginated, no. 103, ill., dates it about 1486 and attributes it to Botticelli.

    Sergio Bettini. Botticelli. Bergamo, 1942, p. 36, pl. 115 C, attributes it to Botticelli and dates it to the time of the Coronation of the Virgin altarpiece in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.

    Regina Shoolman and Charles E. Slatkin. The Enjoyment of Art in America. Philadelphia, 1942, p. 293, pl. 286.

    A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. rev. ed. New York, 1943, unpaginated, no. 4, ill.

    Roberto Salvini. Tutta la pittura del Botticelli. Milan, 1958, vol. 2, p. 48, pl. 49, attributes it to Botticelli and accepts Bettini's [see Ref. 1942] dating.

    Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School. London, 1963, p. 37.

    Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Florentine School. New York, 1971, pp. 164–66, ill., compare the Virgin to the one in Botticelli's large Coronation of 1490 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence), but find it "far removed from the emotional character of Botticelli's late works"; attribute it to a follower, "someone perhaps familiar with the work of Raffaellino del Garbo," and date it near 1500.

    Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 34, 309, 373, 397, 414, 421, 608, as Attributed to Botticelli.

    Roberta Jeanne Marie Olson. "Studies in the Later Works of Sandro Botticelli." PhD diss., Princeton University, 1975, p. 68.

    Colin Simpson. Artful Partners: Bernard Berenson and Joseph Duveen. New York, 1986, pp. 214, 293 [excerpt published in Connoisseur 216 (October 1986), p. 130; British ed., "The Partnership: The Secret Association of Bernard Berenson and Joseph Duveen," London, 1987], rejects the attribution to Botticelli and states "it cannot be by anyone of any merit"; reports that Bache bought it for $350,000 (but gives purchase price as $250,000 in Connoisseur excerpt).

    Miklós Boskovits in Italian Paintings of the Fifteenth Century. Washington, 2003, p. 377 n. 6, mentions it among examples of this subject by Filippino Lippi and Botticelli where God the Father, rather than Christ, crowns the Virgin.

    Meryle Secrest. Duveen: A Life in Art. New York, 2004, p. 416.

  • Notes

    The saints depicted are (from left to right) Anthony Abbot, John the Baptist, Julian the Hospitaller, and Francis of Assisi.

  • See also
    In the Museum