Assumption of the Virgin (Carracci)

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Assumption of the Virgin
Annibale Carracci Assumption of the Virgin.jpg
Artist Annibale Carracci
Year 1590
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 245 cm × 155 cm (96 in × 61 in)
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid
Assumption of the Virgin
Carracci-Assumption of the Virgin Mary.jpg
Artist Annibale Carracci
Year 1600–1601
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 245 cm × 155 cm (96 in × 61 in)
Location Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

Two paintings by the Italian Baroque painter Annibale Carracci take as their subject the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

The Prado painting[edit]

The first canvas was completed in 1590 and is now the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

The Rome painting[edit]

The second is from 1600-1601 and is in the famous Cerasi Chapel of the church of Santa Maria del Popolo of Rome. Carracci competed with the major artists for this altarpiece, the prize commission for the chapel. It is however one of his less satisfactory arrangements. The Virgin awkwardly rises through a cramped crowd of apostles, levitated by half-a dozen cherubim.

The canvas was somewhat overshadowed by the two famous contemporary paintings by Caravaggio on the side walls of the chapel: The Conversion of Saint Paul on the Road to Damascus and The Crucifixion of Saint Peter. While both painters were important in the development of Baroque art, the contrast is striking: Carracci's Virgin glows with light, but St. Paul is surrounded by menacing shadows and figures.

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