The beardless youth
at right is St. John the Evangelist, the graying man just above Mary's
halo is St. Peter. The book in his right hand and the censer on the edge of the
bed are details seen in some eastern Dormitions. The painting's style
follows that of Venetian adaptations of eastern icons.
The Museum suggests
that the small figures at the bottom of the painting are probably the
persons who commissioned the painting.
For a brief
discussion of this painting and another Dormition of this type, see
Boehm and Fajt, Prague: The Crown of
Bohemia, 1347-1437 (Yale U.P., 2005), pp. 154-6.
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