STOSS, Veit
(b. ca. 1438, Horb, d. 1533, Nürnberg)

High Altar of St Mary (Dormition of the Virgin)

1477-89
Wood
Church of St. Mary, Cracow

In the central panel of the high altar in the church of St Mary in Cracow, the Virgin's death and her reunion with her Son, are conceived as so closely related that Stoss has depicted Mary upright, tenderly supported by a gigantic apostle, as she falls asleep. Some of the other apostles bend their glance on her with grave concern, while yet others lift their eyes to the scene of her glorious Assumption above.




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