The Dormition of the Virgin
The Virgin does not appear in the New Testament after Pentecost, nor is her death mentioned in either the accepted or apocryphal scriptures. Both Jerusalem and Ephesus claimed to be the site of her death: Jerusalem because it was the city of the Crucifixion, and Ephesus because St John the Evangelist was thought to have died there. Her being connected with the site of John's death is derived possibly from the Book of John in the New Testament. Christ on the cross looks down on Mary and John and says "Son, behold your mother" and "Mother, behold your son. And from that moment on he took her into his house."
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Angelico, Fra (Guido di Pietro, also called Fra Giovanni da Fiesole)
Artist Dates: 1387-1455
Period: 15th century
Medium: tempera and tooled gold on panel
Size: 26 x 52.9 cm
Subject: New Testament, Virgin Mary
Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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