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The Coronation of the Virgin
The Coronation of the Virgin
The Coronation of the Virgin
The Coronation of the Virgin
The Coronation of the Virgin

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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The Virgin Mary, crowned as the Queen of Heaven, is seated on a throne next to Christ. His left hand rests on an orb, symbolising his dominion over the world, and he blesses the Virgin with his right. Carved alabaster panels with religious imagery were exported across Europe in huge quantities from various midlands workshops during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This unusually large and fine example, still with traces of paint and gilding, probably formed the centre of an altarpiece, flanked by figures of the Apostles.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts



14th C–15th C


alabaster, polychrome & gilt


H 103 x W 58.5 x D (?) cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Clarence H. Mackay, 1939

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University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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