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The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Four Angels

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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This paintings shows the Virgin as Queen of Heaven: she sits on a gilded throne and two angels hover above her, about to place an extraordinarily delicate crown on her head. The throne is decorated with red and green enamel or glass, and rests on the dais of a small Gothic church. The infant Christ, a string of coral beads around his neck, plays with the book held by his mother, pulling on the red book mark. The pair are serenaded by angels who stand to either side of the throne playing a lute and a harp.

The National Gallery, London



around 1495


Oil on oak


H 62.2 x W 43.2 cm

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Bequeathed by C. W. Dyson Perrins, 1958

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