GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
Baroncelli Polyptych: Coronation of the Virginc. 1334
Tempera on wood
Baroncelli Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence
The picture shows the central panel of the Baroncelli Polyptych.
Mary and Christ sit on a broad throne. Mary bows her head reverently in order to receive the celestial crown from the hands of her Son. Mother and Son form a whole through their gestures, but mainly through their garments: both are clothed in radiant bright white and pink worked through with gold. The elegance of their clothing, in particular the trumpet-shaped sleeves on Christ's robe, indicates a great affinity with the style of courtly Gothic, a tendency which can also be observed in the frescoes in the Bardi Chapel.