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Triptych with the Coronation of the Virgin

Date:
1325–50
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Ivory with polychromy and gilt decorations and metal mounts
Dimensions:
Overall (open): 15 7/16 x 9 1/16 x 2 3/8 in. (39.2 x 23 x 6.1 cm) Overall (Closed): 15 7/16 x 6 x 2 3/8 in. (39.2 x 15.2 x 6.1 cm) Wings: 12 5/16 x 2 1/4 x 3/8 in. (31.2 x 5.7 x 0.9 cm) Central Panel: 13 15/16 x 4 1/2 x 3/4 in. (35.4 x 11.5 x 1.9 cm) Base: 1 9/16 x 6 x 2 3/8 in. (4 x 15.2 x 6.1 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.211
  • Description

    The stylistic character of this carving is consistent with contemporary Cologne representations of the Virgin and Child in other media, namely in glass painting and sculpture in wood and stone. In this rendering of a popular composition, an angel has just crowned Mary as the Queen of Heaven. With considerable original paint intact, the triptych is one of the finest examples of ivory carving from Gothic Cologne.

  • Provenance

    Alexander Schütgen, Cologne (?); Michel Boy (b. 1845), Paris; Baron Albert Oppenheim, Cologne(sold 1906); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1906–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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