AGOSTINO DI DUCCIO
(b. 1418, Firenze, d. 1481, Perugia)

A Miracle of San Bernardino of Siena

1457-62
Marble, half life-size
Oratorio di San Bernardino, Perugia

In the Tempio Malatestiano Agostino di Duccio created a highly individual style where the Quattrocento Renaissance types of figures are wedded to swinging linear masses of linear fold patterns, spreading out over the surface of the relief. The concious unreality of these reliefs is further developed in his later work in Perugia, where in his Miracle of San Bernardino the draperies have become like ectoplasm and swirl round the figures in an unearthly symphony. Though these reliefs are among the finest products of the century they remained isolated with little or no following.