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The Assumption of the Virgin
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Unknown
German, Hildesheim, about 1170s
Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment
11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.
MS. 64, FOL. 145V

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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.

Detail Views

King David
King David

Left angel
Left angel

Moses and scroll
Moses and scroll

All beautiful
All beautiful

Solomon
Solomon

Virgin
Virgin's scroll

Right angel
Right angel

Jerome
Jerome