The Dormition of the Virgin, border miniature probably from a large Choirbook [Italy (Verona), c.1490-1500]
- ink and pigment on vellum
Typical for Francesco's work is the archaeological precision of the classical world of Andrea Mantegna while Girolamo developed his own style characterised by his softer manner. The miniature shows the Virgin's body on a bier, surrounded by eleven apostles. The wide landscape allows the painter to depict the figures in varying positions, providing a still narrative of deep, heartfelt pain. The classical world of Mantegna has been translated into an atmospheric setting with robustly drawn and brilliantly coloured figures that is characteristic for both painters in the 1490s.