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Death of the Virgin German Sculptor

Artist

German Sculptor active between 1510 and 1520

Date 1510–1520
Object type wooden sculpture
Medium, technique limewood
Dimensions

33 x 63 x 14 cm

Inventory number 76.5
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition

The story of the death of the Virgin Mary, as told in the Apocrypha, had been depicted in the arts since the ninth century. It was only in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, however, that it became common to depict Mary on her deathbed surrounded by the apostles. The limewood relief from the early sixteenth century follows this type: the twelve apostles are portrayed at Mary’s bedside, watching over her, while reading and praying. The relief would seem to have been part of a carved winged altarpiece, whereby a close analogy can be made with the predella of the Coronation of the Virgin altarpiece in the Church of Saint James in Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria).

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