This piece was part of a retable given to the Convento de Santa Clara by the Queen Leonor, on which she had her ex-libris – the shrimp net – painted, together with the royal coat of arms represented on the tunic and brooch of two angels who, on the left-hand side, support the Virgin in the moment of Her Assumption.
The astonished apostles, painted in great detail in the foreground, surround an empty tomb. This piece is from the first ever recorded Coimbra school of painting which had its beginnings in 1498: that of the workshop of Vicente Gil and his son, Manuel Vicente, traditionally known as the Masters of Sardoal. Despite the composition’s adherence to Gothic models, the decorative elements and the landscape’s background already reveal a transition to the painting of the reign of D. Manuel I.