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Virgin and the Dead Christ with the Ascension and Saints

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This monumental altarpiece is distinctive both because it weaves together painting and sculpture and because it is nearly intact, including the ornate gothic frame. In the lower tier, the presence of saints Benedict (far left) and Scholastica (far right), founders of the Benedictine Order,...

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Inscription

Signed and dated below central Pietá on the base of the sculpture: FACTVM VENETIIS PER BARTOLOMEVM VIVARINVM DE VMRIANO PINXIT 1485.

Provenance

1485, church of St. Andrew, Rab, Croatia (original commission). 1876, Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1901, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1901)

Credit Line

Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw

1485

Dimensions

236.09 x 198 cm (92 15/16 x 77 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.4

Medium or Technique

Carved and painted wood; tempera and oil on panel

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings