MedievalBooksOfHours

Les Enluminures

Morgan MS M.1093, f. 73r

3. Hours of the Virgin
Infancy Cycle
Compline

Coronation of the Virgin

Not described in the Bible, the Coronation of the Virgin was nevertheless popular because it celebrated Mary’s stature and her dignity as Queen of Heaven. Typically, Christ, sometimes accompanied by God the Father and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, places a crown on Mary’s head.

Four angels are behind the Virgin Mary, one playing a harp, another holding the mantle of Virgin Mary, and a third one placing a crown on her head. The Virgin kneels in prayer on a tasseled cushion before Christ, who raises his right hand in blessing. The narrative takes place before an elaborate architectural bench. A hybrid man inhabits the foliate and floral margin.