Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth

22 February–20 May 2018

Exhibition Overview

The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin

Renaissance master Fra Angelico transformed the history of western art with his breathtaking paintings. Heaven on Earth reunites the Gardner's magnificent Assumption and Dormition of the Virgin, acquired by Isabella in 1899 and the first Fra Angelico to reach the United States, with its three companions from the Museo di San Marco, Florence. Conceived as a set of jewel-like reliquaries for the Florentine church of Santa Maria Novella, they tell the story of the Virgin Mary's life. This exhibition invites you to explore Fra Angelico's ground-breaking narrative art, marvel at his peerless creativity, and immerse yourself in the material splendor of his craftsmanship.

(Photo: Fra Angelico, The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin, 1424-1434. tempera with oil glazes and gold on panel, 85.7 X 45.1 cm (33 3/4 X 17 3/4 in.), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)

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