Coronation of the Virgin

18th Century



The painting depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary ceremoniously crowned by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, as queen of heaven and earth.

The theme replicates the 5th Glorious Mystery of the Holy Rosary and the Litany. It is one of the oldest artwork in the visual arts collection. As a form of praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the theme is also used as a figure title, “Reyna de los Cielos”, in the traditional May-time festival, the Santacruzan.

An extremely rare icon belonging to the primitive school of Philippine art. It is typical of the religious art produced during the 18th century for household use (devotional piece).


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