Death of the Virgin (Mantegna)

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Death of the Virgin
Mantegna Holy Virgin.jpg
Artist Andrea Mantegna
Year 1462–1464
Type Tempera and gold on panel
Dimensions 54 cm × 42 cm (21 in × 17 in)
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid

The Death of the Virgin is a painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna, from c. 1462–1464.

In this picture Mantegna depicts the last moment of Mary's life within a space defined by classical architectures, with a squared pavement which leads the observer's eyes towards the bed on which the Virgin lies. In the background is a lake scene which is a detailed reproduction of the bridge and the burgh of the Castle of St. George in Mantua. The work was in fact originally part of the decoration of the Castle chapel, together with three panels now in the Uffizi of Florence: the Adoration of the Magi, The Ascension and The Circumcision.

The unfinished appearance of the pilasters in the upper part of the picture suggests that it was once larger than it appears today. The fragment of Christ with the Virgin's Soul, now in Ferrara, was in fact most likely part of the original composition.

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