Assumptions

Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Francesco Scarpabolla, Venice
Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Francesco Scarpabolla
The image of a woman seeming to levitate may look a little strange to some people. However, this is the Virgin Mary and she is not levitating but rising to Heaven.

For obvious reasons, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is not often depicted as free-standing sculpture, which is why I like Francesco Scarpabolla's valiant effort, which 'stands' outside the railway station.
Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Francesco Scarpabolla, Venice
Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Francesco Scarpabolla
The sculptor rather cheekily signed his name on the girdle which, it is said, the Virgin dropped to Saint Thomas the Apostle as she was being assumed to heaven. 

Venice is home to possibly the most famous rendition of the Assumption in western art, namely Titian's painting in the church of the Frari.

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