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Title Coronation of The Virgin, Annunciation and Crucifixion with Angels and Saints
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Vecchietta (Italian painter and sculptor, ca.1412-1480)
Previously attributed to manner of Sano di Pietro (Italian painter and miniaturist, 1405-1481)
Date Earliest possibly about 1450
Date Latest possibly about 1450
Description This small wooden triptych is fourteenth-century in composition and layout but fifteenth-century in date. The images have been enhanced with tooled gold. The central panel shows the Coronation of the Virgin by two winged angels. Above this image, in the arch, is depicted the Crucifixion, featuring the Virgin and Mary Magdalen. In the side panels appear two male saints, probably Francis of Assisi on the left, because of his stigmata, and Dominic on the right, holding a lily and the Gospels (bound in a book). Above them the Annunciation is depicted, with the Virgin kneeling to the left and the Angel Gabriel to the right.
Current Accession Number ABDAG004571
Subject religion (Virgin and Child; Annunciation; Coronation; Crucifixion; St Francis of Assisi; St Dominic)
Measurements 47.0 x 40.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil; gold (gold leaf) on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Miss Georgina E. Forbes 1899.
Provenance Georgina E. Forbes, Aberdeen, by 1883.

Label on verso: 'to be given at my death or my mother's to the new picture gallery at Aberdeen Georgina E. Forbes 1883.'

In the central panel, the Christ Child lying in his mother's lap holds a small bird. In pagan antiquity, this bird represented the soul of man that flew from his body at death, and this symbolic value of the bird was adopted by the Christians; the bird usually appears in the hand of the Christ Child, and is usually a goldfinch.

Prof. Robert Gibbs of Glasgow University has suggested that the altarpiece is 'probably Sienese, close to Sano di Pietro but perhaps closer to Vecchietta.'

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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