Apse of the Assumpion

The fresco of the basin depicts the Assumption of Mary, and was painted ??by Gisberto Ceracchini of Arezzo, shortly after the proclamation of this dogma of faith by Pius XII in 1950. Above is the Virgin ascending to heaven surrounded by angels in celebration, waving lilies.

Filled with wonder, the apostles around the empty tomb are looking at Mary rising from the ground. To the sides, the town of Cascia and the rock of Roccaporena.

The harmony and brightness of the colours, like the movement of the characters, make the work very beautiful, giving the viewer a feeling of celebration and rest. On the triumphal arch, the Virgin receiving communion before the passing and the Deposition of Jesus from the cross in the arms of his mother.

In the area of the women’s gallery, moments in Mary's life are depicted between groups of angels: birth, Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity of Jesus, presentation of Jesus in the temple. The altarpiece depicts Our Lady of Consolation, seated on a throne with the baby on her knee and to the sides St. Augustine and St. Monica receiving the belt, symbol of the Augustinian family.

The work is by Giuseppe Valerio Egger from Ticino and is dated 1947.

The design of the windows in this part of the Basilica, which are rich in colour, is by Silvio Consadori; these beautiful stained glass windows depict the life of the Virgin Mary, from her presentation in the temple to the Pentecost.

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