Archangel Gabriel Agostino di Duccio


Agostino di Duccio Florence, 1418 – Perugia?, ca. 1481

Date: 1470s
Medium: painted terracotta
Dimensions: 146 × 50 × 32 cm, 107.5 kg
Type: sculpture
Inventory number: 1280
Collection: Sculpture

The sculptor and architect Agostino di Duccio was born in Florence, but worked mostly elsewhere: in Venice, Perugia, and Rimini. In the latter town, he made the interior sculptural decoration of the famous Tempio Malatestiano, a church designed and built by the architect and theorist Leon Battista Alberti (1404–72). Duccio’s typical lineal style was inspired by the classical neo-attic style of Hellenistic art. The large terracotta sculpture in Budapest was a part of an Annunciation group, whose figure of the Virgin has been lost. The decoration of the sculpture must have been lavish: Archangel Gabriel’s clothing and mantle were painted and his hair and wings were gilded.

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