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After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)

'Évanouissement de la Vierge' 1857-58

Albumen print? | RCIN 2160810

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Photograph of an unfinished painting by Paul Delaroche, started around 1856. The work depicts the Virgin collapsed in an armchair placed on the right of a plain dwelling. The Virgin is surrounded by holy women, three of which are kneeling in prayer. St John and St Peter can be seen standing in the centre of the room, facing to the Virgin. 

This work is one of the four scenes from the Life of the Virgin Delaroche started painting prior to his death. These include 'La Vierge chez les Saintes Femmes', 'L'Evanouissement de la Vierge', 'La Vierge contemplant la Couronne d'épines' and 'Le retour du Golgotha". It is believed that 'La Vierge contemplant la Couronne d'épines' was the work closer to completion (see RCIN 2160829). 

  • Creator(s)

    After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
    Saint John the Baptist
    Mary Magdalene
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of the Virgin Mary