The Coronation of the Virgin

Artist: Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp)

Date: ca. 1632–33

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 19 5/8 x 16 in. (49.8 x 40.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982

Accession Number: 1984.433.336


Rubens made this oil sketch in preparation for a large canvas formerly in Berlin (destroyed in 1945). The final composition was proportionately taller, with God the Father moved closer to the Virgin, who seems to more strongly ascend. In earlier works by Rubens and in Coronations going back to the late Middle Ages, Christ’s role is even more dominant than here.