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The dormition, assumption, and coronation of the Virgin Mary from the Ramsey Psalter, a tenth century illuminated English manuscript. Note the similitude between the dormition scene in the bottom left pane and the Byzantine form. (And yes, my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, Mary's "falling asleep" depicted here is natural death as indicated by her separated soul preserved in the arms of her Son.)

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femme-de-lettres: Large (Getty Open Content)Gentile da Fabriano painted Coronation of the Virgin about 1420.The sumptuous scene depicts not only Christ placing a crown on the Virgin’s head as the Holy Ghost surveys the scene, but six angels reading music from long scrolling sheets. The rich textiles of the scene are picked out not only in paint, but in tooling in the giltwork itself—patterns punched into the surface of the work.The result is a sumptuous and detailed scene, as far from the…