The Coronation of the Virgin

Object Details

Title:

The Coronation of the Virgin

Artist/Maker(s):

Francisco Ribalta (Spanish, 1565 - 1628)

Culture:

Spanish

Date:

about 1600 - 1628

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brown wash

Dimensions:

28.7 x 18.7 cm (11 5/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Tumbling angels support the Virgin Mary as she graciously accepts the crown as Queen of Heaven. During the mid-1660s, the Coronation of the Virgin was a very popular subject in Catholic circles, especially in Spain. Francisco Ribalta treated the theme with remarkable dynamism and originality. He applied wash to strengthen the vigorous pen work and to unite the composition. The arched upper section suggests that he made the drawing in preparation for an altar painting.

Exhibitions
Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560 -1825 (September 14 to November 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 14 to November 28, 1999
Window onto Spain: Drawings and Prints from Ribera to Goya (February 17 to May 16, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 17 to May 16, 2004