The Coronation of the Virgin

Annibale Carracci Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 620

This majestic painting—intended as a window onto heaven—was painted for Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini just after the artist’s arrival in Rome in 1595. Annibale brought together two currents of Italian painting: a north Italian sensitivity to the effects of natural light and color, and the spatial organization and idealized figures associated with Raphael. The figure of God the Father is based on an ancient Roman sculpture of Jupiter. Together with Caravaggio, Annibale was the most influential painter of the seventeenth century and pivotal for reviving classical forms.

#5209. The Coronation of the Virgin

The Coronation of the Virgin, Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560–1609 Rome), Oil on canvas

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