Friday, May 16, 2008

The Crowning of the Virgin, 1460

Complete triptych - oil on wood.
Detail of the weighing of the souls.

This painting is in the Hotel-Dieu in the town of Carpentras in the Vacluse region of Provence, France. This painting is on wood - from 1460 - and sits beside the altar in the Hotel-Dieu. This was originally housed in the cathedral of Saint-Siffrein, and saved from destruction during the French Revolution. The painter is unknown but could be Pierre Parrocel or Nicolas Mignard . "This painting depicts the crowing of the Virgin, St. Siffrein delivering a woman possessed, and St. Michael weighing souls." (Helena Attlee)

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