pala-assunzione Altarpiece of the Assumption, Della Robbia, XV century. credit: Massimo Pia

This work depicts the assumption of Our Lady into heaven, the Virgin gives the girdle to St. Thomas in the company of Saints Francis of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, Bernardino of Siena and Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, with a marble tomb in the central with white lilies.

The enthroned Virgin sits above surrounded by an oval of little angels with pale brown wings. The scene is completed by a host of angelic musicians on clouds.

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