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Archangel Gabriel Agostino di Duccio

Artist

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

Date 1470s
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique painted terracotta
Dimensions

146 × 50 × 32 cm, 107.5 kg

Inventory number 1280
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition

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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