August 15th is the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Virgin, which commemorates the belief that the body of the Virgin Mary was taken up (assumed) into heaven at the end of her earthly life.
There is a very fine bas-relief of the Assumption by the sculptor Pietro Bernini (1562-1629), father of the much more illustrious Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), in the baptistery of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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