Assumption of the Virgin


Artist: Titian

Year: 1516–1518

Assumption of the Virgin is an oil painting by Italian artist Titian around 1516-1518. Now the painting is situated on the high altar in the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. The Assumption of Mary is celebrated on August 15 every year as a holy day which is also called to be the dogma of the Catholic church. It celebrates Mary’s rising to heaven before the perish of her body; it also represents Mary’s passing into an immortal life and thus it is a holy day.

This painting depicts three different events in three layers; in the lowest layer are the Apostles, In the center, the Virgin Mary standing on the clouds and raising her hands above and she is wrapped with a red robe and blue mantle and surrounded by a group of cherubim, and high above the God who is watching everything down there and an angel with the crown next to him is waiting for Mary to come.

This gigantic painting in its majestic marble frame grabbed the wider attention and he soon became the lead painter of Venice.

Source/Photographer: The York Project:10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei