FRANCESCO DI GIORGIO MARTINI
(b. 1439, Siena, d. 1502, Siena)
The Coronation of the Virgin (detail)1472-73
Tempera on wood
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena
Christ, the dominant image on the central axis, is in the act of crowning the kneeling and proportionally somewhat smaller Mary. His left arm, thrust across the body, forms a wedge below the nearly diamond-shaped head.