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Our Lady of Assumption

Unknown17th century (2nd half) - 17th century (last quarter)

Museu de São Roque

Museu de São Roque

The central sculpture in carved wood represents Our Lady of the Assumption to which the chapel was originally dedicated. The lacework and crown of angels around are a fine example of Portuguese baroque carving. The composition shows a clear allusion to the Assumption of Mary – The Virgin Mary being taken to Heaven by the angels of God.

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  • Title: Our Lady of Assumption
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 17th century (2nd half) - 17th century (last quarter)
  • Physical Dimensions: h200 x dcm Total
  • Provenance: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • External Link: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Medium: Gilt and polychrome wood carving
  • Manufactured: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Commission: This chapel was founded in 1636 by Luisa Frois, benefactor of the Society of Jesus. Originally it was dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, which is the subject of the central image. Later it became the "Chapel of Our Lady of the Conception and Relief for the agonizing people" when this brotherhood moved from the College of Santo Antão to the Church of São Roque.

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