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Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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Fra Angelico was celebrated in his own time as the most famous painter in Italy. His altarpieces and frescoes – painted for two Popes, members of the Medici family of Florence, and the city’s merchant elite – transformed Western art. This exhibition will explore the Renaissance painter’s talent for storytelling. It reunites the Gardner’s reliquary 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, alongside other choice examples of the artist’s narrative art. Find out more about the Fra Angelico exhibition from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum‘s website.

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The Madonna della Stella (1424-34), Fra Angelico. Museo di San Marco, Florence á Polo Museale della Toscana

The Madonna della Stella (1424–34), Fra Angelico. Museo di San Marco, Florence á Polo Museale della Toscana

The Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi (1424-34), Fra Angelico. Museo di San Marco, Florence á Polo Museale della Toscana

The Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi (1424–34), Fra Angelico. Museo di San Marco, Florence á Polo Museale della Toscana

The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin (1424-34), Fra Angelico. Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin (1424–34), Fra Angelico. Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin (detail; 1424-34), Fra Angelico. Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin (detail; 1424–34), Fra Angelico. Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin (detail; 1424-34), Fra Angelico. Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin (detail; 1424–34), Fra Angelico. Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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