Very popular in the Middle Ages, the apocryphal
Gospels were read especially because of their details on
The episodes that have preceded the Virgin's birth :
- The sadness of her parents, old and sterile, the circumstances of her
- Her Childhood and her engagement can be the object of true pictorial
cycles, like in La Brigue.
At the other extremity of her life, the cycle of the
Virgin's death ends with the Assumption.
This belief (that only became a dogma in 1950) is the way
up to Heaven of both her body and soul. It was shown to the faithful under the
iconographic form present
in La Brigue.
The Virgin, standing, hands together, is surrounded by a « mandorla »
(geometric figure issued from two segments of circle, closer to the shape of an
almond : mandorla in latin).
Flying angels support the coloured mandorla in its