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The Assumption of the Virgin, c. 1630-32 (oil on canvas)

The Assumption of the Virgin, c. 1630-32 (oil on canvas)


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The Assumption of the Virgin, c. 1630-32 (oil on canvas)

3428142 The Assumption of the Virgin, c.1630-32 (oil on canvas) by Poussin, Nicolas (1594-1665); 134.4x98.1 cm; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA; French, out of copyright

Media ID 18260555

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This print showcases "The Assumption of the Virgin" by Nicolas Poussin, a renowned French painter from the 17th century. The oil on canvas masterpiece depicts a pivotal moment in Christian theology - the ascension of the Virgin Mary into heaven. Poussin's attention to detail and mastery of Baroque style is evident in this painting, as he skillfully portrays the heavenly scene with rich colors and intricate brushwork. The composition centers around the figure of Mary, surrounded by a chorus of angels and cherubs. She stands atop a tomb, symbolizing her triumph over death through her assumption into heaven. The pillars in the background add to the grandeur and classical feel of the artwork. "The Assumption of the Virgin" is not only an important religious subject but also represents Poussin's deep devotion to his faith. This painting beautifully captures both his artistic talent and his spiritual beliefs. Displayed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, this print allows viewers to appreciate Poussin's contribution to French art history. It serves as a reminder that art has long been used as a medium for expressing religious themes and inspiring contemplation among believers.

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