Antonio de Torres
The Assumption of the Virgin

1719
Oil on canvas
Museo de Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico.

Flanked by St. Peter and St. John the Evangelist, the living Mary looks up at a vision of her own welcome into Heaven. Lest there be any doubt about her identity, she is given the same nimbus of light rays as the Mary above. As is usual in Assumptions of this period, the assumed Mary rises to Heaven unassisted.

The Trinity is pictured in the style that was becoming standard in the 18th century, with the Son on the Father's right and the Spirit hovering between them as a dove. As in other images that merge this iconography into another subject, the Son does not hold a cross.

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Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.