(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)
The Assumption of the Virgin1582-97
Oil on canvas, 425 x 587 cm
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
The Virgin rises up to heaven pushed by a sudden gust of wind which separates the postures of the apostles. Each one is caught in a particular emotional moment in front of the miraculous happening and is drawn in by numerous feelings: incredulity, marvel, ecstatic adoration.
From the seventeenth century onwards this painting underwent many restorations which considerably altered it.