8. The Dormition / The Assumption

The eighth film in the series focusing on one of Christianity’s central figures: The Virgin Mary.

It focuses on The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin, discussing Giotto’s The Dormition of the Virgin (c.1310) and Andrea del Castagno’s The Assumption of the Virgin with two Saints (1449–50), both in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin; and Bartolomé Bermejo’s The Dormition of the Virgin (c.1460–62) in the Bode-Museum, Berlin.

Presented by VCS Director Professor Ben Quash and Deputy Director Dr Jennifer Sliwka.

Artworks: Giotto, The Dormition of the Virgin, c.1310, Tempera and gold leaf on poplar wood, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Kat. Nr. 1884; Andrea del Castagno, The Assumption of the Virgin with two Saints, 1449–50, Poplar wood, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Kat. Nr. 47A; Bartolomé Bermejo, The Dormition of the Virgin, c.1460–62, Oak, Kat. Nr. 552, Bode-Museum, Berlin.

Part of the Series Unlocking Christian Art. Produced in partnership with the National Museums in Berlin, these short films tell the story of the Virgin Mary with the help of the treasures of the Bode-Museum and the Gemäldegalerie, both sculpture and painting. These films are designed to equip users to understand, read, and enjoy some of Europe’s greatest works of Christian art, as well as the texts that inspired them, and to encourage fresh interpretation and insight in today’s audiences.

Related Exhibitions

Ascension, from the Rabbula (Rabula) Gospels by Unknown artist, Syria
Ascension of Christ, from the series 'Scenes from the Life of Christ', the Hohenfurth Monastery by Master of the Vyšší Brod Altar
The Ascension with Christ giving the Keys to St Peter by Donatello

Mark 16:19–20; Luke 24:50–53; Acts of the Apostles 1:1–11
The Ascension

More Bode-Museum & Gemäldegalerie Unlocking Christian Art: The Virgin Mary

1. The Virgin Mary: Introduction (9:27)
2. The Presentation & The Betrothal (7:11)
3. The Annunciation (4:19)
4. The Visitation (5:12)
5. The Adoration of the Christ Child (6:04)
6. Leave-Taking (4:04)
7. The Virgin at the Foot of the Cross (7:28)
9. The Queen of Heaven (7:04)
10. Immaculate Conception (5:15)
11. Holy Kinship (4:52)
12. Byzantine Types and their Legacy (5:42)
13. Virgin as ‘Ecclesia’ and Intercessor (8:02)