TINTORETTO
(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)

The Assumption of the Virgin

1582-97
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.