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Fresco with the Dormition of the Virgin
Panagia Phorbiotissa, Asinou, Cyprus, 1105–6
In the 12th century there was an increasing interest in expressing pathos and human feelings in representations of the Dormition scene. The artist here conveys the lament of Marys death by depicting apostles with various gestures of sorrow: they are bending their heads, touching their cheeks with bare hands, and lifting their mantles to their faces. In the upper level of the scene, women mourners are included in arches of elaborate buildings.
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