31 May - 1 June 2007
Anonymous (Cuzco School 18th Century)
Dormition of the Virgin
oil and gold leaf on canvas
22¾ x 33½ in. (58 x 85 cm.)
Painted circa 1770.
Throckmorton Fine Art, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
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On loan to Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, Indiana, 1997-2000.
Marian cults or devotion to the Virgin Mary have been part of Church history since the 4th century when many narratives evolved about the end of her life, or death. The dormition tells of the Virgin's sleep in which her body is assumed into Heaven while the Apostles watch.
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