St. Stephen Offers the Holy Crown to Mary
Oil , Canvas
31 x 19,5 cm
Maulbertsch, Franz Anton, Follower of - St. Stephen Offers the Holy Crown to Mary
St Stephen's offering the Hungarian crown to Mary was the most common and most popular theme of Hungarian late Baroque altar painting and links the Virgin Mary with the cult of the Hungarian king, St Stephen. Franz Anton Maulbertsch's small-scale work created with virtuoso technique and powerful, fresh colours was a study for the high altar of the Roman Catholic church of the village Écs. Here St Stephen, shown in Hungarian attire, presents the coronation regalia to Mary, and asks her to protect his country. An angel carries the regalia on a pillow, while a small putto in the lower left corner of the painting holds the country's coat of arms. Such an attempt at an accurate representation of the cloak and coronation regalia reveals the importance placed on faithful depictions during this period.