An Allegory of The Coronation of Celestine V

Offical Version:
An allegory of the Coronation of Celestine V
by a French artist 16th century Celestine V (orig. Pietro del Murone)
Italian saint and pope 1294;
resigned _1210-1296
Dimensions: 49.29 x 37.02 cm / 19.41 x 14.57 inch

Allegory is a form of extended metaphor, in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative, are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. The underlying meaning has moral, social, religious, or political significance, and characters are often personifications of abstract ideas as charity, greed, or envy.
Thus an allegory is a story with two meanings, a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning.

Hi all. This is a rare glimpse at a hitherto hidden masterpiece entitled: An Allegory of The Coronation of Celestine V.

As you can see above for many years it has been attributed to an unknown French Artist of the 16th Century. Over five years ago, on an early website of mine, I suggested that it was probably older than this and I questioned the fact that it was even a French artist. Over the last five years I have never stopped looking for this colour version ( I only had a cropped black and white version to work with). Just recently I finally found a colour version but the colours were not really true and it was only a very small image. Someone who has been following my progress arranged to have the image below released to me as a gift with instructions to release it to the Rennes le Chateau community. This I have done posting the mage to all boards which I frequent. Over the last five years I have also never stopped searching out the Old Masters and studying Renaissance paintings and about 6 months ago I suggested that this image might in fact have been done by The Flemish master, Jan Van Eyck. again my firend who has been following my progress suggested I just might be correct. Later he had this to say about the painting immediately after the painting was given to me: The 'Celestine' painting is believed - but not proved - to be by Barthélemy van Eyck. He was a nephew of the famous Hubert and Jan van Eyck, who painted the stunning Ghent altarpiece. Hubert and Jan were the Harlem Globetrotters among the painters of their time. Not even the later renaissance artists could match their skill on, for instance, perspective and geometry. Barthélemy van Eyck was “peintre et valet de chambre” (painter and chamber lord) at the court of René d'Anjou. Although popular and romantic belief have it that Good King René illustrated and painted his written manuscripts himself, the more professional art view is that he could not have possibly done that (he started way too late in life to achieve that level of skill) and that the works in books like “Le Cuer d'Amours Espris”, are more likely from the hand of Barthélemy. Interesting to note that René d'Anjou was at the time imprisoned by Bourgondian duke Philip the Good. Guess who was “peintre et valet de chambre” at that court.... Jan van Eyck. Barthélemy van Eyck has also been linked to The Annunciation triptych altarpiece at The Cathederal of Ste Marie-Madeleine at Aix-en-Provence.. He has also been given credit for these images:


After The Battle

and possible this one