Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Fine and Decorative Art and Design

First Advisor

Elizabeth Pergam

Second Advisor

Ann-Marie Richard


Inspired by Italian, religious images from the 15th and 16th centuries of the Coronation of the Virgin, this thesis will attempt to dissect the numerous depictions of crowns amongst the perspectives of formal analysis, iconography, and theology in order to deduce how this piece of jewelry impacts the religious status of the Virgin Mary. By utilizing specific images as examples, the paper will be heavily weighted in visual evidence to support my speculative investigations. It is my aim to examine the relation, if at all, between the physical value of crowns and their symbolic meaning in fine art to distinguish divinity. Icons serve as I hope by exploring different points of view, I will be able to come to a well-defined and comprehensive study of a crown as an object of both physical and symbolic ornamentation.