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  • Assumption of the Virgin in an Initial V, ca. 1340
    Leaf from an antiphonary
    Niccolò di ser Sozzo (Italian, active ca. 1334–died 1363)
    Italian (Siena)
    Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment

    22 5/8 x 15 7/8 in. (57.5 x 40.4 cm)
    Gift of Louis L. Lorillard, 1896 (96.32.12)

    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.

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    Assumption of the Virgin in an Initial V, ca. 1340
    Leaf from an antiphonary
    Niccolò di ser Sozzo (Italian, active ca. 1334–died 1363)
    Italian (Siena)
    Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment

    22 5/8 x 15 7/8 in. (57.5 x 40.4 cm)
    Gift of Louis L. Lorillard, 1896 (96.32.12)


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