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Death of the Virgin

ca. 1450–1500
Made in France
North French
Overall: 12 15/16 x 16 x 4 9/16 in. (32.9 x 40.6 x 11.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
This fragment, possibly part of a sculptural retable recounting events from the life of the Virgin Mary, shows the apostles at her deathbed offering a final blessing. The diagonal composition with attendant apostles was popular in German prints and paintings of the fifteenth century.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Woods, Kim. "Towards a Morphology of Netherlandish Altarpieces in Alabaster." In Niederländische Kunstexporte nach Nord- und Ostmitteleuropa vom 14. bis 16. Jahrhundert: Forschungen zu ihren Anfängen, zur Rolle höfischer Auftraggeber, der Künstler und ihrer Werkstattbetriebe, edited by Jiri Fajt, and Markus Hörsch. Studia Jagellonica Lipsiensia 15. Ostfildern: Jan Thorbecke Verlag, 2014. pp. 50-51, fig. 7.

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