Tabernacle in Orsanmichele (1359)
by ORCAGNA

The Black Death struck in Italy in 1349, followed by an economic crisis that brought about a sharp break in sculptural activity, so that, with the exception of Andrea Orcagna's shrine in the Orsanmichele in Florence, the sculptural scene remained extremely barren until the closing decade of the century.

Orcagna - a painter, sculptor and architect - was commissioned to execute the only the mammoth tabernacle for Orsanmichele. This Gothic marble structure, rather like a miniature church, was a religious and civic edifice built to house Bernardo Daddi's repainting of a lost image of the Virgin and Child. Hexagonal reliefs of the virtues and octagonal reliefs of the Life of the Virgin alternate on its base. The programme culminates in the large relief on the back, the Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin, where the work is signed and dated 1359.

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Tabernacle
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Assumption of the Virgin
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Dormition
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Dormition (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Allegory of Prudence
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle (detail)
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: St Michael the Archangel
1359
Marble, lapis lazuli, gold and glass inlay
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Annunciation of the Death of the Virgin
1359
Marble on mosaic background
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
1359
Marble on mosaic background
Orsanmichele, Florence


Tabernacle: Birth of the Virgin
1359
Marble on mosaic background
Orsanmichele, Florence



Works by ORCAGNA
Tabernacle in Orsanmichele
Various works



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