The "Assunta Passerini" by Andrea del Sarto
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On 15 August, the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is celebrated.
At the end of her earthly life, the Virgin is assumed into Heaven "in body and soul".
A dogma made official by the Catholic Church quite recently, only in 1950 when Pope Pius XII put an end to a long debate between the Eastern and Western Churches: the question of the earthly body of Mary and the soul of the Virgin.
The Assumption of Mary is a subject developed in painting by many artists, including Andrea del Sarto in the “Assunta Passerini”, a work executed around 1526 for Margherita Passerini from Cortona.