Glossary

Assumption of the Virgin

The story of the Virgin Mary's assumption into heaven is based upon apocryphal legends, which told how the body and soul of Christ's mother were taken up to heaven by angels, three days after her death.

The event is celebrated as a festival by the Roman Catholic Church on the 15th of August. It first became a popular subject in art in the 12th century.

Painting
Francesco Botticini
probably about 1475-6
Francesco Botticini, The Assumption of the Virgin
Painting
Matteo di Giovanni
probably 1474
Matteo di Giovanni: 'The Assumption of the Virgin'