Datējums: around 1360.
Technique: fresco – secco
Material: lime, pigments,
Conservation: 2009: Miloš Gavenda
Painting over the north porch is an excellent and unique phenomenon in the art of Latvia. It is a rare example of medieval murals in the Eastern Baltic region that has been preserved in such a good condition and gives an insight into the achievements of Gothic art influenced by Western Europe.
The long-forgotten ancient mural over the north portal was discovered in 1891 during the restoration of Riga Cathedral. Because of polluted air in the coal-heated city and insufficient protection, the mural had quickly turned black and seemed to have vanished completely.
In the late 19th century, there were three compositions in total on the north wall of the church. The central scene “Coronation of Mary” had been preserved in the best condition; in a lunette to the left there was “The Family Tree of Christ” but to the right – fragments of a figure sitting under a canopy flanked by two angels.
Rediscovery of the painting happened in 2004. The execution of the central scene surprised with unexpected brightness, quality and details unnoticed before, allowing specifying research and reconsidering the dating.