Cola dell'Amitrice
The Assumption of the Virgin

Circa 1515
Oil on wood
Musei Capitolini, Rome

The museum identifies this as an Assumption, but it seems to be a strange hybrid of Dormition and Assumption images. As in many Assumptions, Mary is in a mandorla being borne heavenward by angels while some of the men below gesture toward her. But her body remains on what must be her deathbed, as in Dormitions, and the apostles assist at her Last Rites while Peter in the middle reads from the Office of the Dead.

Also available: Detail of Mary and the angels

More of the Dormition and Assumption

Photographed at the Musei Capitolini by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.