The Coronation of the Virgin

Peter Paul Rubens Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 639

Rubens made this oil sketch in preparation for a large canvas formerly in Berlin (it was destroyed in 1945). The final composition was proportionately taller, with God the Father moved closer to the Virgin. The wispy application of white highlighting is characteristic of Rubens’s painterly oil sketches.

The Coronation of the Virgin, Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp), Oil on wood

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