The Dormition of the Virgin

Ferrarese painterc. 1490

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Milano, Italy

This panel, attributed to the so-called “Master of the Dormitio Virginis Massari”, who worked in Ferrara in the late fifteenth century, shows the Virgin sleeping the sleep of death (the origin of the traditional term “dormition”) and her assumption into glory, as narrated in the Apocryphal Gospels and adopted into the tradition of the Eastern Churches.


  • Title: The Dormition of the Virgin
  • Creator: Ferrarese painter
  • Date Created: c. 1490
  • Physical Dimensions: 158 x 230 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Tempera and gold
  • Art Genre: Sacred art
  • Art Movement: Late 15th century Ferrarese painting
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Panel
  • Depicted Topic: Madonna, apostles, gold foil

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