Coronation of the Virgin, Paris, France (?), Tempera and gold leaf on parchment, France, probably Paris

Coronation of the Virgin

Paris, France (?)
ca. 1455–60
France, probably Paris
Tempera and gold leaf on parchment
5 x 3 5/8 in. (12.7 x 9.2cm)
Miniature: 2 5/8 x 1 3/4 in. (6.7 x 4.5cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
The book of hours to which this beautiful illumination belonged must have been a deluxe work commissioned by a wealthy patron. Both sides of the leaf are decorated with elaborate floral borders, and all the pages of the original manuscript probably were illuminated. This "Coronation of the Virgin" depends on a composition by the Limbourg brothers, the Franco-Netherlandish illuminators responsible for the "Belles Heures" of Jean de Berry. This leaf, however, was illuminated several decades later, probably in Paris.
Inscription: Recto: "Converte nos deus / salutaris noster. / Et averte iram."

Marking: Verso: incomplete text of Compline of the Hours of the Virgin, surrounded by a foliate border: "tuam a nobis / Deus in adiutorium me / um intende. / Domine ad adiuvandu[m] me festina. / G[lor]ia patri. Alleluia" and then Psalm 128: "Sepe expugnaveru[n]t...Supra dorsum meum"
Madame X sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 6 December 1926, lot 14, (as from a Missal of the fifteenth century, in the style of the Limbourg brothers). Acquired by Robert Lehman in Paris in 1926.
Sandra Hindman, Chicago, Mirella Levi D'Ancona, Pia Palladino, and Maria Francesca Saffiotti. "Illuminations." Robert Lehman Collection. IV, New York, 1997, pp.20-24, no. 3.