(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)

Assumption of the Virgin

Cappella Ovetari, Chiesa degli Eremitani, Padua

The Assumption of the Virgin, for the most part the work by Mantegna, is on the altar wall of the Ovetari Chapel. Surrounded by angels, Mary floats towards God the Father, who was originally sitting above her in an oval picture. Presumably the empty space surrounded by the Apostles was intended for Mary's sarcophagus, which Mantegna probably left out because the shape of the apse wall meant that the space available was too narrow.