Glossary

Dormition

The death of the Virgin Mary is referred to as the Dormition.

According to the 'Golden Legend', the twelve apostles were miraculously transported from all over the world to be present at her bedside. The Virgin is shown lying on her bed, dead or dying, surrounded by the mourning apostles.

Painting
Tyrolese
about 1420-30
Tyrolese: 'The Dormition of the Virgin'
Painting
Gerolamo da Vicenza
1488
Gerolamo da Vicenza: 'The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin'