Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Ascribed to: Marco d'Oggiono c.1467 - 1524
Apostles in a circle, some looking upwards, below the Assumption of the Virgin 
Red chalk, over stylus
281 millimetres  x  377 millimetres
The British Museum, London

Francesco Conti 1681–1760
The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas
 86 x 105 cm
Manchester City Galleries, Manchester, England

Jacob de Wit (1695-1754)
Assumption of the Virgin
Circa 1751
Watercolour on paper
18.5 cm x 23 cm
The Courtauld Gallery, London

 "It was fitting that she, who had kept her virginity intact in childbirth, should keep her own body free from all corruption even after death. It was fitting that she, who had carried the Creator as a child at her breast, should dwell in the divine tabernacles. It was fitting that the spouse, whom the Father had taken to himself, should live in the divine mansions. It was fitting that she, who had seen her Son upon the cross and who had thereby received into her heart the sword of sorrow which she had escaped in the act of giving birth to him, should look upon him as he sits with the Father. It was fitting that God's Mother should possess what belongs to her Son, and that she should be honored by every creature as the Mother and as the handmaid of God."
St. John Damascene, Encomium in Dormitionem Dei Genetricis Semperque Virginis Mariae, Hom. II, n. 14