Manuscript Leaf with the Assumption of the Virgin in an Initial V, from an Antiphonary
Niccolò di ser Sozzo (Italian, Siena, active ca. 1334, died 1363)
Made in Siena, Italy
Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment
Overall: 22 5/8 x 15 7/8 in. (57.5 x 40.4 cm)
Illumination: 7 3/16 x 5 3/16 in. (18.2 x 13.1 cm)
stave ht.: 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Mat size: 27 15/16 x 22 in. (71 x 55.9 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Gift of Louis L. Lorillard, 1896, transferred from the Library
Not on view
The Assumption of the Virgin, celebrated on August 15, is an especially important holiday in Siena. Niccolò di ser Sozzo, one of the city's renowned illuminators of the fourteenth century, painted it numerous times. The Virgin Mary, in a diaphanous gown, rises effortlessly as choirs of angels guide her path.
Louis L. Lorillard(until 1896)
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