In 1781 Maulbertsch was commissioned by Károly von Esterházy, Bishop of Eger, to fresco the ceiling of the parish church of Pápa in Hungary, with an Assumption of the Virgin, which was completed by the artist in 1783.1 Whilst there are a number of differences between the composition of the final fresco and the present work, the positioning and gestures of many of the key figures are undeniably similar, raising the possibility that the present drawing was a preliminary study for the Pápa project.
1. See K. Garas, Franz Anton Maulbertsch 1724-1796, Vienna 1960, p. 224, no. 313, pl. CXCV, fig. 259
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