The Death of the Virgin

Bartolomeo Vivarini Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 606

The Virgin is shown dead, surrounded by the apostles, and received into heaven by her son Christ. Saints Lawrence and Stephen stand to either side. The landscape is barren on the left, green on the right, contrasting death to life. Painted for the Certosa at Padua, the work had a frame decorated at the top with a carved figure of Saint Michael. From a successful family of painters in Murano, Vivarini offered Venetian clients a more conservative style than that of Giovanni Bellini—one influenced by the linearity of Andrea Mantegna.

The Death of the Virgin, Bartolomeo Vivarini (Italian, active Venice 1450–91), Tempera on wood

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