A 16TH CENTURY LIMOGES ENAMEL DEPICTING THE DEATH OF THE VIRGIN IN THE MANNER OF PIERRE REYMOND, (ACTIVE 1537-1578)
of rectangular form, the Virgin in her bed hung with green drapes, surrounded by the apostles, losses,
25cm high x 20cm wide
The composition of this enamel on copper is based on that first devised by the print maker Martin Schongauer in about 1470. Prior to that Byzantine and earlier artists traditionally depicted the Virgin lying a bed or sarcophagus in the centre of the composition. Schongauer depicted her on a large bed with the apostles spread around all three sides, as in the present depiction.