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The Coronation of the Virgin

Luca Signorelli, Italian, (ca. 1445-1450–1523)

Creation date: 1508
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil and tempera on panel
Credit Line: Museum purchase through the Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney 3rd and Museum Art Purchases Funds
Accession Number: 1985.59
State/Province: Ancona
Dimensions: 50 in. x 87 3/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (127 cm x 222.89 cm x 14.61 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Mrs. Goodden, Compten House, Yeovil, Sommerset, England ( - )

R. Langston Douglas, England ( - )

George Burns, England ( - )

Mrs. Walter S. M. Burns, North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England ( - June 29, 1979)

Filippini Chapel, Church of San Francisco, Arcevia, Ancona, Italy (1508 - 1811)

Giacomo di Simone Filippini, Arcevia, Ancona, Italy (1508 - )

Pier Sante Filippini, Arcevia, Ancona, Italy (1811 - ca. 1860)

Stefano Bardini, Florence, Tuscany, Italy (ca. 1860 - 1860)

Bernard Samuelson, London, England (1860 - )

Piero Corsini, Inc., New York, New York (June 24, 1979 - August 14, 1985)

Christie's, London, London, England (June 29, 1979 - June 29, 1979)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 14, 1985 - )

Label Copy

Among the most revolutionary artists working in Italy at the end of the fifteenth 15th century, Luca Signorelli received commissions throughout Tuscany and Umbria, but he is best known for his extraordinary Last Judgment in the cathedral at Orvieto. His draftsmanship and his powerfully direct manner of painting figures, particularly in those frescoes at Orvieto, served as an important influence on the young Michelangelo. This monumental lunette was originally the top section of an altarpiece painted for the church of San Francesco at Arcevia, a small town in the Italian Marches near Urbino; the main panel of the altarpiece is now in the Brera Gallery in Milan. The lunette shows the crowning of the Virgin Mary by Christ, with God the Father above and music-making angels at the side. The bold painting, bright colors, and masterful compression of the figures into the space are all typical of the artist, but they also account for the fact that this panel was intended to be seen at a distance, as it would have hung high above the heads of the congregation in the church.
Last Updated: 3/20/2014

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Italian Old Master Paintings: Fourteenth to Eighteenth Century Piero Corsini, Inc. , 11/17/1984 - 12/8/1984

Luca Signorelli, de ingegno et spirto pelegrino , 4/20/2012 - 8/26/2012

Art of Devotion The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/28/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Nicole M. Holland. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 108, 109, Figure Number: 109

Charles Mathes. Treasures of American Art Museums The Mallard Press. New York, New York, 1991
Page Number: 210, 211, Figure Number: 1

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance—Central Italian and North Italian Schools Phaidon Publishers Inc.. New York, New York, 1968
Page Number: 399

Important Old Master Pictures Christie's. London, England, June 29, 1979
Page Number: 44, 45, Figure Number: 49

Denys Sutton. Apollo The Financial Times Ltd.. London, England, June 1979
Page Number: 433, 437, Figure Number: 18

Italian Old Master Paintings: Piero Corsini, Inc.. New York, New York, 1984
Page Number: 30, 31, Figure Number: 13

Raimond van Marle. The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting Hacker Art Books. New York, New York, 1970
Page Number: 86

Joseph Archer Crowe and G. B. Cavalcaselle. A History of Painting in Italy: John Murray. London, England, 1914
Page Number: 105-106, note 1

Mr. Mario Salmi. Luca Signorelli Instituto Geografico de Agostini. Novara, Italia, 1953
Page Number: 63

Pietro Scarpellini. Luca Signorelli Club del Libro. Milano, Italia, 1964
Page Number: 142

Luitpold Dussler. Signorelli Deutsche Verlags. Stuttgart, Germany, 1927
Page Number: 136, 207, Figure Number: 136

Luitpold Dussler. Signorelli E. Weyhe. New York, New York, 1927
Page Number: 136, Figure Number: 136

Luitpold Dussler. Signorelli E. Weyhe. New York, New York, 1927
Page Number: 207

Luitpold Dussler. Signorelli E. Weyhe. New York, New York, 1927
Page Number: 215

Tom Henry and Laurence Kanter. Luca Signorelli: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.. New York, New York, 2002
Page Number: 217-218, Figure Number: 83

Tom Henry and Laurence Kanter. Luca Signorelli: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.. New York, New York, 2002
Page Number: 73

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 105, Figure Number: 105

Ms. Cecilia Martelli. Restituzioni 2006: Banca Intensa. Vicenza, Italia, 2006
Page Number: 230, Figure Number: 230

Old Masters in Context, Samuel H. Kress Foundation. New York, New York, 2006
Page Number: 25, Figure Number: 25

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