The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin
Fra Angelico, Italian, about 1400-1455
Fra Angelico's altarpieces and frescoes paved the way from a more modern manner of painting. His "rare and perfect" talent found favor with important patrons including two popes. In 1982, Pope John Paul II elevated this creative genius to the rank of "Blessed"—one step away from sainthood—in recognition of his holy life.
Nineteenth century enthusiasts celebrated Fra Angelico—the angelic friar—for the spiritual content and lyrical quality of his works. They included the Gardner's spectacular Assumption and Dormition of the Virgin, originally created in 1434 as part of a set of four reliquaries, or containers for holy relics, for the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Then, as now, Fra Angelico's iconic angels capture a sense of adoration and serenity in each painting he created. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, located in Boston, Massachusetts, acquired this rare painting in 1899.
This angel is a derivative work of art, intended to interpret one of the kneeling angels from a 2-dimensional image into a 3-dimensional representation of the details shown in the original painting.
Each angel is sold separately, but both placed together will interlock hands.
5.5 x 4 inches each