Allegoric Sitting Figure (one of the Four Temperaments)
|Medium, technique||painted terracotta|
146 × 50 × 32 cm, 107.5 kg
|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.