Purchased from Signor Pierotti in 1869 for £12
The Coronation of a German Emperor as King of Italy
Workshop of Matteo da Campione (Campionesi) (d. 1396)
In the right transept of the Cathedral (Basilica di S. Giovanni), Monza, Italy
The relief was originally placed on the Evangelicantorium or pulpit executed by Matteo di Campione and referred to in an inscription on his gravestone in the cathedral. The scene may be an ideal rather than a historically accurate representation of a German emperor receiving the Lombard crown. Although the Emperor is not identified, the subject of the scene and the identity of the other protagonists are recorded in inscriptions on the relief. The scene shows, from the left, the Archpresbyter of Monza, attended by two deacons, crowning the emperor, while on the right are the Archbishop of Trier, a Landgrave, the Archbishop of Mainz and the Marquis of Brandenburg who is handing a scroll conferring privileges upon them to the citizens of Monza who are standing in a group to the right.