An exquisite copy of Fra Angelico's 1432 Coronation of the Virgin in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Signed in the lower right Emilia J. Ginanneschi copio Firenze. Having a gold leaf ground with rays of divine light radiating from the central figures of Christ and Mary. Surrounding these figures are numerous finely detailed saints, angels and holy figures rendered in oil with gilt highlights and halos. Framed under glass, H 30", W 30". Bearing a plaque that reads "Coronation of the Virgin Original by Fra Angelico in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence Copied by Emilia J. Ginanneschi Gift of Miss Caroline A. Godroy". Gifted to the Detroit Museum of Art (present-day the Detroit Institute of Art) in 1906 by Miss Caroline A. Godfroy. The Godfroy family were merchants of French-Canadian descent who established a fur trading post at Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit in 1720. Miss Godfroy was the granddaughter of Colonel Jacques Gabriel Godfroy. Col. Godfroy greatly expanded the family's firm in the early 19th century, becoming one of the largest landowners in Michigan with trading posts throughout the state and extending to the Mississippi River. Provenance: From the Estate of Prominent Collector, Leon Zielinski, Macomb County, MI. DuMouchelle Art Galleries, 4-21-1991, lot #2112.
Two small splits to the grain of the panel in the lower center. Excellent condition. | Please note all lots show signs of wear commensurate with age and use, and the lack of a statement regarding condition does not imply the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from defects or the effects of aging. Unless otherwise stated, all information provided is the opinion of DuMouchelles' specialists. Should you have any specific questions regarding the condition of this lot, please use the “Request Condition Report” or “Ask a Question” buttons or email firstname.lastname@example.org.