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MADONNA OF THE MAGNIFICAT Perfection in Art 2 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Niue 2015


The first issue of the new series "Perfection in Art" is Madonna of the Magnificat by Italian renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. A spectacular 2 oz High Relief Coin with Proof quality, gilded frame and impressive shining colors. Extremely limited Mintage of only 1000 pcs.

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Madonna of the Magnificat
On various instances the Virgin Mary is depicted in Annunciation paintings in the action of reading. This aspect is the main reason why Botticelli’s Madonna del Magnificat presents such an interesting composition because the Virgin is writing instead of reading. Moreover, in other paintings about Mary and the Magnificat, she is proclaiming it, not writing it. Botticelli created this tondo at a time in northern Italy when writing was at its highest point of respectability and importance. The humanists were turning back to ancient texts and coming up with other essays and documents on philosophy, morality and literature. Women also took part of this action, though in different ways as men. The Madonna del Magnificat suggests the importance of the women humanist writers as the Virgin Mary is writing a text surrounded by male angels and the Christ child. The contents and shape of the painting also reinforce the message. Thus, Botticelli’s Madonna del Magnificat presents a rich array of symbols as its content not only shows the Virgin Mary in the action of writing, but also reflects the existence of the women humanist writers in northern Italy, an idea reinforced by the shape of the painting, a tondo, which is perceived as a mirror-like form.
The painting is a tondo, or round painting, of 118 cm. of diameter. It presents the Virgin Mary sitting in a golden throne in a three-quarter pose. She has the Christ child sitting in her lap as she is writes in a book. Five male angels surround her, and two of them are crowning her the Queen of Heaven. The back landscape shows a countryside view and a zigzagging river. Ronald Lightbown admits that there is no information on who was the patron of the tondo, but that it was “typical of Florentine devotion to the city’s patron and protector that he should have had Zacharias’s song celebrating the birth of his son, the Baptist, inscribed as if written by the Virgin on the left page of the book.” This song is the Benedictus, which Zacharias’s sang as a thanksgiving song for the birth of his son. On the right page of the book, Mary is writing the Magnificat, which is the song of praise and thanks to God that she sings during her visit to her kinswoman Elizabeth.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2015
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)50
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin portrays the Virgin Mary crowned by two angels. She is writing the opening of the Magnificat on the right-hand page of a book. On the left page is part of the Benedictus. In her left hand she holds a pomegranate. The high relief frame which surrounds the painting is a real masterpiece of modern minting. Different gold plating technologies let the frame shine in various ways. The painting which is surrounded by this very special frame is printed in the newest technology of digital printing.