According to the one section of the Golden Legend, "St.
Thomas was not there [at the Assumption], and when he came he would not
anon the girdle with which her body was girt came to him from the air,
received, and thereby he understood that she was assumpt into heaven."
The flowers in the sarcophagus and the musical instruments refer to the "marvellous odour" and "voice of angels" that another section of the Legend describes at the time of the Assumption.
intended the two figures in the foreground as St. Benedict and St.
Scholastica, but when the painting came into the possession of the
Servants of Mary they had the figures repainted to represent two of
their own saints, Filippo Benizzi and Giuliana Falconeri.