(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)

Reliquary Tabernacle

c. 1430
Tempera and gold on panel, 62 x 39 cm
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

This panel was one of the four reliquaries that Fra Angelico made for the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence. The other three are in the Museo di San Marco, Florence.

This panel is divided into two sections: below, the Virgin Mary's obsequies are coming to an end, and above is her Assumption into heaven. In the lower register Christ has come to collect the Virgin Mary's soul, which he holds in the form of a small child.

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