Johann Koerbecke was a painter active in Münster, Westphalia, in the second half of the 15th century. His style reveals the influence of the great Flemish masters as well as that of the painter Konrad von Soest. When devising his compositions he emphasised both the figures and landscape, which are depicted with great realism. In addition, Koerbecke was particularly interested in the study of perspective. The Assumption of the Virgin was part of the high altarpiece of the abbey church at Marienfeld. When closed it showed eight episodes from the Passion of Christ, and when open, eight scenes from the Life of the Virgin. The paintings on these doors were detached before being auctioned in 1803 after the monastery was de-consecrated. The present panel is considered the finest in the group due to its innovative elements and the way in which Koerbecke resolved the union between the earthly and heavenly realms. The lower part depicts the twelve Apostles, clearly individualised and grouped around the Virgin’s tomb. The upper part, with a gold background that distinguishes it from the earthly zone, depicts Christ with angels receiving the Virgin.