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The Glorification of the Virgin

The Glorification of the Virgin

Attributed to: Geertgen tot Sint Jans (in 1490 - 1495)

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  • Anna asked

    Hello, what is the condition of this panel? Many thanks!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Anna, the panel is in good condition for exhibitions within the museum. It is housed within a climate box for extra safety which is why the frame is quite wide. Best, Lisa

  • Edith Weinstein asked

    Hello there,
    Would you tell me the measurements of The Glorification of the Virgin by Geertgen tot Sint Jans, and the technique, I assume it is on wood panel?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Edith, the measurements are 24,5 x 20,5 cm and the technique is oil on panel. You could have found this information yourself by scrolling down and clicking the blue button 'show more detail'. Kind regards, Els

  • Ram Krishnan asked

    Where will this gem by Geertgen be in October 2021? I hope it is still in Rotterdam!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Ram, In the autumn our new depot building will open where all our art will be stored. This building is also open to the public, keep an eye on our website and social media for more information and updates about the opening. We hope to see you there! Kind regards, Sofie

  • Ola asked

    Hello, I was just wondering what is the medium of this painting?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Ola, You can find this information under specifications, on the object page. Best, Rianne

  • Annie Imbaud asked

    Bonjour, Where is the Glorification of the Virgin by Geertgen tot Sint Jans during renovations? Is it on display in another museum? Thanks for your answer! Best regards, A.I.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Annie, This work will be on view at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam from 1 October 2019 until 3 January 2021, and it has also been selected for the exhibition 'Best of Boijmans' at the National Gallery, from 27 March until 18 July 2021. It is pretty likely to also be included in other travelling 'Best of Boijmans' exhibitions, but these plans are still in early stages. All the best, Rianne

  • Lee Lancaster asked

    What is written on the banners that some of the angels are holding? Thank you! This painting is beautiful and the symbolism striking. God bless you.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Lee,
    The word on the banners is “sans”, short for sanctus. The sanctus is a hymn in Christian liturgy and the Latin word for holy. It refers to the holiness of the Virgin.
    Kind regards,


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  • Introduction

The panel depicts an adoration of Mary as a sum of various Bible texts. The vision shows Mary seated on the moon sickle and crushing the dragon under it. She is circled by angels with musical instruments and the instruments of the passion. The visionary character is strengthened by the heavenly light surrounding mother and child. This depiction of Mary refers to the Revelations of St. John 12:1: 'And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.' The panel was originally part of a diptych. The other panel is in Edinburgh and depicts the crucifixion of Christ.

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Title The Glorification of the Virgin
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height Error: 24,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Width Error: 20,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Attributed to: Geertgen tot Sint Jans
Previously attributed: Herri met de Bles
Accession number 2450 (OK)
Credits Acquired with the collection of D.G. Van Beuningen, 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in 1490 - 1495
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen @ Rijksmuseum (2023)
Research Show research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Geertgen tot Sint Jans

circa 1455/1465 - circa 1485/1495

Little is known about Geertgen tot Sint Jans (c. 1455/65 - c. 1485/95). The most important source is a short biography published by Karel van Mander in his '...

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