MICHELE DA FIRENZE
(active c. 1404-1443)

Scenes from the Life of Christ (left wall)

1433-38
Terracotta
Pellegrini Chapel, Sant'Anastasia, Verona

Michele da Firenze is credited with the terracotta tomb of Francesco Roselli (c. 1430; Arezzo, San Francesco, Arezzo), but by 1433-35 he had left Tuscany for the Veneto, where he has been identified with the sculptor of the Pellegrini Chapel in Sant'Anastasia, Verona. This is Michele's first independently documented work and is considered to be his masterpiece.

In place of the customarily frescoed narrative scenes, Michele encased the chapel walls with an impressive terracotta revetment, originally polychromed, consisting of 24 individual panels depicting the Life, Passion and Death of Christ. Among the most notable are the Kiss of Judas and the Adoration of the Magi, the latter particularly showing an intrinsic debt in its gentle style and architectural motifs to Ghiberti's bronze panels for the north doors of the Baptistery in Florence.




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