GOZZOLI, Benozzo
(b. ca. 1420, Firenze, d. 1497, Pistoia)

Death of Mary

Transferred fresco
Biblioteca Comunale, Castelfiorentino

On the left wall of the Shrine of the Madonna della Tosse the Death of Mary is depicted. The Madonna is laid out on a catafalque behind which the mourners are lined up. In the centre Christ is holding the soul of the dead Mary in his arms. The donor and two young men - probably relatives of the client - are kneeling in front of the death bed. Above the mourners a narrow zone of landscape divides the earthly from the heavenly sphere containing God the Father in a glory of angels.