Answers on a postcard, to arrive by Friday 3 September: DETAILS 448, IoS, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL. Three winners will each receive a bottle of champagne
Details 446 came from Titian's The Assumption of the Virgin (1516- 18). The clue appeared on 15 August, the day of the Feast of the Assumption. The legend that the Virgin Mary, having died, was taken up bodily into heaven, is traditional. Not until 1950 was it defined (infallibly) by Pope Pius XII as a dogma of the Catholic Church. Robert Lowell wrote in his poem "Crossing the Alps":
"When the Vatican made Mary's Assumption dogma
the crowds at San Pietro screamed Papa
The Holy Father dropped his shaving glass,
and listened. His electric razor purred,
his pet canary chirped on his left hand.
The lights of science couldn't hold a candle
to Mary risen - at one miraculous stroke,
angel-wing'd, gorgeous as a jungle bird.
But who believed it...?"
The picture is in the church of Santa Maria dei Frari, Venice.
The first three correct entries came from: A Royle, Kendal; J Church, Winchester; and L Harris, WednesfieldReuse content