The Coronation of the Virgin and the Last Judgment

Circa 1260-1270
French
Ivory diptych, 5 x 5⅛ x ¾ in. (12.7 x 13 x 1.9 cm.)
The Cloisters, New York City, 1970.324.7ab

The Coronation scene follows the model seen in tympana at Senlis, Chartres, and especially Notre Dame de Paris. One small difference is the displacement of the two angels from within the scene to outside its frame. A major difference is the scene in the lower register. The tympana have the Dormition / Assumption, but here we see the ascent of the blessed into Heaven.

Theologically the blessed in the lower register, raised in the body and made perfect for their entry into the Kingdom, are one way of envisioning the Church, while Mary (Maria Ecclesia) is another.

The right leaf of the diptych is a Deësis.

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Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City