The Assumption of the Virgin

Object Details

Title:

The Assumption of the Virgin

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

German

Date:

probably 1170s

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 28.2 x 18.9 cm (11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.)

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In an oval mandorla, Jesus gently leads his mother the Virgin Mary to heaven, where she will be crowned. Above them, the Lord holds her crown. Angels and Old Testament figures at the sides carry scrolls with passages that Christian commentators have interpreted in relationship to the Virgin Mary. They refer to the Virgin as a beautiful queen and the fulfillment of prophecy.

The full-page miniature prefaces the prayers recited by the priest at Mass on the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin.

Related Works
Exhibitions
The Queen of the Angels (August 15 to November 5, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 15 to November 5, 2000