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Inspired through Art: The Coronation of the Virgin by Enguerrand Quarton, 1453

Authored by Linus Meldrum in Issue #2.3 of Catechetical Review
Can an artist reveal the reality of heaven, the identity of God, and the glorious, eternal Queenship of Mary the Mother of God all in one image? This was the challenge set before Enguerrand Quarton, the Early Renaissance artist, in 1453, when Jean de Montagnac, the chaplain of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Villeneuve-les-Avignon in France, commissioned him. In the commission contract, which survives today, emphasis was placed on several specific inclusions: the realms of heaven and of earth, with attributes appropriate to each. Earth is depicted in a compressed horizontal band of space stretching from Rome to Jerusalem. Heaven is depicted with a multitude of figures, including the persons of the Trinity and Mary. Aspects of the iconographic program of the Coronation of the Virgin have made this not only a historical art masterwork but also a remarkable image of the particular relationships depicted within.

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