The Assumption of the Virgin

WAG 5128


This drawing is a compositional study for Paggi's altarpiece in the Church of the Carmine in his home town of Genoa, which varies only slightly from the finished painting. This is one of the artworks presented by the Liverpool Royal Institution. Liverpool's economic development grew directly from Britain's involvement with transatlantic slavery: the kidnapping, enslavement and forced migration of people from West Africa to the Americas and many to the Caribbean. Many members of the Royal Institution made their fortunes directly through the trade or indirectly through the wider economy. This wealth was largely how they were able to bring rare art and treasures, such as this, to the city.