FERRARI, Gaudenzio
(b. ca. 1475, Valduggia, d. 1546, Milano)

The Assumption of the Virgin

Cappella dell'Assunta, San Cristoforo, Vercelli

In this chapel, the themes of the painted stories are devoted entirely to the life of Mary: the Assumption is above the altar and four additional scenes are on the side wall. The division of the side wall frescoes into two registers is mirrored in the bipartite composition of the large vertical format fresco on the altar wall. The composition of the Assumption precisely distinguishes two halves with the apostles below and Mary floating in the sky amid the ring of angels. The motifs of the top and bottom halves of the painting are closely related to the subject matter of the neighbouring frescoes at the same height on the side wall.