17th Century Old Master Oil Painting of the Assumption of Mary | Oil on Canvas | Entitled the "Assumption of Mary" | Unisgned | Housed in a more recent gold wooden frame | Has stable craquelure, as well as approx. 1" hole in the canvas on the bottom; Painting has been previously restored | Overall the painting is beautiful with vibrant colors | Measures 29.0" W x 37.0" H x 1.0" D. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven, often shortened to the Assumption and also known as the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and parts of Anglicanism, was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The Assumption of Mary was a very popular subject of the most respectedÂ painters of the 16th and 17th Centuries. Old Masters such as Titian (1518), Rubens (Several Versions painted in the 17th Century), El Greco (1577), Carracci (1590), Guercino (1655), Cerezo (1650), Correggio (1530), Guido Reni (1642), Blanchard (1629), Poussin, Strobel and many others painted one or more versions of the Assumption. It was also a very popular theme of Fresco and Icon Painters, and can be found in the most prominent Cathedrals in Europe.