ANDREA DEL CASTAGNO
(b. 1423, Castagno, d. 1457, Firenze)
Dormition of the Virgin1448-51
Basilica di San Marco, Venice
The picture shows the mosaic on the right side of the barrel vault of the Mascoli Chapel in St Mark's. It represents the Visitation and the Dormition of the Virgin. Although Jacopo Bellini and Michele Giambono also worked on the cartoon of the mosaic, the composition of the mosaic is by Andrea, who probably produced the cartoon for the mosaic before leaving Venice in 1442. The project was left to languish until the late 1440s, when Venice was more receptive to Florentine style. Then Bellini and Giambono added their own figures, suggesting either that Andrea left the work unfinished or that it was damaged in the intervening years.