The Mariapfarr Altarpiece: Detail, The Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin

Late 15th century (est.)
Presbytery, Pfarrkirche Mariapfarr, Austria

This panel is in the lower right of the altarpiece. Her mantle billowing as in many Assumption images, Mary rises from a floor with a minimum of help from the assisting angels. The Father and Son hold a crown in preparation for her arrival, while the Holy Spirit hovers over all.

In most Coronations only the Son does the honors. In the rarer examples that involve the entire Trinity, it is rarer still to portray the Son and Father as identical in appearance. Some images of the 16th and 17th centuries did picture the Trinity as three identical men.

In this period and later the gesture Mary uses to express her humility can be either a crossing of the arms over the breast or "praying hands" as seen here.

The red-white-yellow banner at the left edge is used by a number of political divisions in the Netherlands and Poland. With the addition of a Hapsburg crest it would be the flag of the Austrian Low Countries, that is, the part of the Netherlands once governed by Austria.

I am dating the work on the basis of style and context. The 15th century was the heyday of enthusiasm for window-framing and for the new technique of linear perspective, both of which are used here even though they are utterly inappropriate to the subject. Also, it was in the 15th that the Mariapfarr presbytery was renovated.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.