European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Dormition of the Virgin
Predella panel of an altarpiece; companion panels are in the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (AP 1986.03); the Museo Nazionale di San Marco, Florence (Uffizi 1499); and the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco (Kress 289)Made in Italy, Europe
Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro, also called Fra Giovanni da Fiesole), Italian (active Florence and Rome), first securely documented 1417, died 1455
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain
Cat. 15John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelMary appears infrequently in the Bible, although later Christian writers set down many details of her life and death. In this painting of her funeral, John the Evangelist (on the right) holds the golden palm that an angel brought to Mary to announce her coming death.
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