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Dormition of the Virgin, with an Epitaph

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Lower center: Nach Christi geburt 1479, am / Freitag vor S:Walburgen tag, / verschid die Erbar Frau Hett, / wig Volkamerin der Gott gne, / dig und barmherzig sey. "In the year of our Lord 1479, on the Friday before before St. Walpurga's day, departed this life the honorable Mistress Hettwig Volkarmer, to whom may God be gracious and merciful."


About 1479 until the 17th century, church of St. Sebald, Nürnberg (original commission) [see note 1]. 1898, Santangelo collection, Naples; 1898, Santangelo sale, no. 143, to Edward Perry Warren (b. 1860), Lewes, England, on behalf of his mother, Susan Cornelia (Mrs. Samuel Dennis) Warren (b. 1825 - d. 1901), Boston; January 8, 1903, Mrs. S. D. Warren sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 120, not sold; 1903, gift of the children of Susan Cornelia Warren to the MFA. (Accession date: January 13, 1903) NOTES: [1] Its inscription honoring Hedwig Volckamer (d. 1479), this is one of four painted epitaphs that were displayed above the tomb of the Volckamer family near the south transept of St. Sebald, Nürnberg. Still in situ in 1623, they were removed at some later point during the 17th century, perhaps by members of the Volckamer family. See Gerhard Weilandt, "Die Ausstattung der Sebalduskirche in Nürnberg im Zeitalter der Gotik und Renaissance. Eine Topographie der Bilder" (forthcoming; manuscript copy in MFA curatorial file).

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Gift of the children of Mrs. Samuel Dennis Warren in memory of their mother

about 1493


205.5 x 111.5 cm (80 7/8 x 43 7/8 in.)

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Oil on panel