Paulus (called Orlando) Bor

The Annunciation of the Virgin's Death

c. 1635-1640
Paulus Bor was a member of a wealthy and distinguished Catholic family of textile merchants from Amersfoort, near Utrecht. While residing in Rome in 1623-25, he came under the influence of Caravaggio and was one of the founders of a society of Netherlandish artists based in the Eternal City, known as the "Bentvueghels" ("Birds of a Feather"). The subject of an angel telling the Virgin she is at the end of her life is rarely represented, and derives not from the Gospels but from the "Golden Legend" of Jacobus de Voragine, as retold from an ancient aprocryphal source attributed to St. John the Evangelist.
Title
The Annunciation of the Virgin's Death
Date
c. 1635-1640
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
203.2 x 157.5 cm
Nationality
Dutch
Credit line
Purchased 2003
Accession number
41279