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The Assumption of the Virgin


Oil on panel | 102.1 x 66.3 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405335

This is an oil sketch entirely by Rubens’ own hand, which provided his studio with all they needed to paint an altarpiece of five times the scale. Before the final work was delivered, Rubens would again apply some touches of his own. In this case no altarpiece corresponds exactly to the design. Rubens’ composition is divided into two equal halves: the lower half shows twelve apostles and two women reacting to an empty tomb; the upper half shows Mary in heaven surrounded by angels.

Acquired by George IV in 1816, when Prince Regent

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