MELOZZO DA FORLI
(b. 1438, Forli, d. 1494, Forli)
Angel with Tambourine1480-84
Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere (later Pope Julius II) commissioned the decoration of the apse of the Santi Apostoli in Rome. It was painted by Melozzo da Forli between 1480 and 1484. Only fragment of this remain, showing the Ascension, Apostles and music-making angels.
The picture shows one of the angels, now in the Vatican museums.