Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Coronation of the Virgin

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles is an extraordinary place. A kind of modern palace high up on a hill, its collection is offered free to the public (except for parking), and it has such a collection of treasures. I visited recently to see the Icons of Sinai exhibit, but went through a few other halls while waiting for my appointed time. Their website is equally generous, offering large size images of its collection.

This exquisite painting by Gentile de Fabriano (about 1420) of the Coronation is displayed, and it was once used on a processional banner for feastdays. The rich gold leaf depicts a dignity and gentleness of Mother and Son enhanced by the fine patterned robes.

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