The Coronation of the Virgin Mary

Probably late 18th century
Painting on copper
Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara, California

This is an unusual pairing of the theme of Mary's coronation with the device, briefly popular in Spain and its possessions, of representing the Trinity as three male figures with the same appearance. If the middle male figure is the Father, as one might assume from his prominence, this would also be a rare example of the crown being placed by him rather than by the Son.

The Santa Barbara mission also owns another painting of this type, in which the central person of the Trinity is just about to place the crown.

Read more about the Coronation of Mary and about images of the Trinity.

Photographed at the Santa Barbara Mission by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.