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  • The Virgin Mary in Glory

    Artist:
    Provost, Jan, circa 1465-1529
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    203x151 cm

Provost, Jan, circa 1465-1529

The Virgin Mary in Glory

Netherlands, 1524

This is one of the best pictures by Jan Provoost. The Virgin stands on a half-moon, surrounded by a golden aureole, tenderly pressing the Christ Child to her breast. In the clouds above are God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. The angels playing the viol and lute glorify Mary as the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, and the Christ Child as the future Messiah, Saviour of the human race. The glorification of Christ through music and singing derives from the Psalms, in which King David called on all to praise the Lord. In the foreground are prophets and sibyls predicting the coming of the Mother of God and Christ. In the hands of the Persian Sibyl is a scroll with the inscription Gremium Virginis erit salus gencium (The womb of the Virgin will bring Salvation to humankind). To her sides are the Psalmist David, playing his harp, and the Ancient Roman emperor Augustus, who had a vision of the Virgin and Child which was explained to him by the Tiburtine Sibyl.

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The Virgin Mary in Glory

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oil

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203x151 cm

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Acquired at an auction of the collection of King Willem II of the Netherlands, the Hague, 1850

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ГЭ-417

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