ASSUMPTION
After Alvise Vivarini 1450-1505

ASSUNZIONE
Ispirato a Alvise Vivarini 1450-1505

© Beth Grossman 2003
30" h x 11" w x 1.5" d
Gold leaf on wooden washboard

SHINE FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS DAWNED

RISPLENDI, POICHÉ È GIUNTA LA TUA LUCE


Mary was considered to have been so pure that her entire body rose to heaven as depicted in the painting by Alvise Vivarini. I chose this washboard because of its function for cleanliness and purity and its form evokes steps to heaven. Her hands in prayer reveal her hope and devotion as her devotees might have said this Jewish prayer, “Shine, for your light has dawned.”