Can anyone identify this image?

September 8, 2011

In the comments to the previous post, Janet asks about the source for this image of the Coronation of the Virgin:

As I explained to her, I came across this image one day during my wanderings back and forth on the web, but I do not remember where I found it, nor have I been able to find it again. Does anyone recognize it?

UPDATE: Thanks to Chris Bennett, who tracked it down quickly. The image comes from Giovanni di Milano’s Coronación de la Virgen, which dates to c.1360, and is currently held in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. Never before have I had a compelling reason to visit Buenos Aires, but I have one now. A somewhat larger detail of the whole work can be seen here.

Thanks again, Chris Bennett!

7 Responses to “Can anyone identify this image?”


  1. Ah, OK. Apparently 28th in order, proceding to the right-hand side.

    Google Translate has translated it thus: “Fragment of a painting on wood, Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes”.

    Here was our procedure to find your image:

    1 – we saved it to disk.
    2 – we cropped the photo and converted it to grayscale to produce what you might call a ‘generic’ or ‘rougher’ image.
    3 – we used Google Reverse Image Search (free, only takes a minute) to upload the image.
    4 – Google Reverse Image search found 2 websites:

    http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/giovannidamilano2008/galleria.asp

    OR. . . . .
    http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/giovannidamilano2008/english/galleria.asp

    5 – we went to one of the links and clicked the right-arrow, proceding to the 28th image in succession.

    Hope that helps. God Bless.

    – The Daily Decibel
    http://www.thedailydecibel.com


  2. We were able to find it. Hope you were able to get our comment. http://bit.ly/oY0V4E


  3. Hmm. Well, let’s try that again. We were able to find the reputed source of your image. http://bit.ly/o2HP05 (scroll over to 28th image)


  4. Hmmm. If that link did not work, then please try this one. (It’s in Italian, though.) http://bit.ly/ral0fO (scroll over to the 28th image)

  5. cburrell Says:

    Well, I don’t know how you did it, but you did it. That is indeed the painting we were looking for. Thank you!

    Another, somewhat larger detail is available from the Italian wikipedia, here. I cannot find the full painting, however.

  6. Douglas Says:

    Google images will identify paintings like this if you simply drag the image over the search box. images.google.com

    I’ve found it very handy in situations such as the above.

  7. cburrell Says:

    Wow, that works! I had no idea. It found the full image: here.

    Now I want to know how the search algorithm works. That is really amazing. Thanks for the tip, Douglas.


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