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Death of the Virgin Michele da Firenze Sculptor of Arezzo (previous attribution)


Michele da Firenze active ca. 1404–1443

Sculptor of Arezzo (previous attribution) active in the second quarter of 15th century

Culture Italian
Date 1430-1435
Object type relief
Medium, technique painted terracotta

148 × 222 × 39 cm, 500 kg

Inventory number 1126
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Ground Floor, Renaissance Hall

Michele da Firenze worked with Lorenzo Ghiberti on the bronze northern doors of the Florence Baptistery. In the 1430s, he was commissioned with the decoration of the Capella Pellegrini in the Church of Sant’Anastasia in Verona. In an unusual fashion, he decorated the inner walls with terracotta reliefs. The relief of the Virgin’s death in the Museum of Fine Arts embodies the sculptor’s characteristic style, while in its iconography it follows a similar composition by Andrea di Cione di Arcangelo (Orcagna) in the Orsanmichele Church in Florence. The Budapest terracotta may once have formed the central part of an altar.


Balogh, Jolán, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV – XVIII. Jahrhundert: 1. Textband Bd. 1, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1975, p. 56-57., no. 47.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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