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)

Fra Angelico, Italian (active Fiesole, Florence, Cortona, Perugia, Orvieto, and Rome), first securely documented 1417, died 1455

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1425

Tempera and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain

10 1/4 x 20 13/16 inches (26 x 52.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 15

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Mary 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.