The Marriage of the Virgin

The Marriage of the Virgin

Purchased from Giuseppe Lelli in 1894 for £74 18s

Original:

Marriage of the Virgin
Portion of a tabernacle
Orcagna (Andrea di Cione) (about 1315/20-about 1368)
Documented 1352-60
Marble with inlay of coloured marble
Church of Or San Michel, Florence, Italy

Above: The Assumption of the Virgin, the Virgin seated in a mandorla, supported by flying angels, drops her girdle to St Thomas.
Below: The Death of the Virgin. At the bottom, the inscription: ANDREAS CIONIS PICTOR FLORENTIN'/ORATORII ARCHIMAGISTER EXTITIT HUI MCCCLIX (Andrea di Cione, Florentine painter, director of works of this oratory executed (this), 1359). The present cast comprises only the relief of the rear portion of Orcagna's tabernacle, which contains, in front, a painting of the Virgin and Child with eight angels, by Bernardo Daddi (documented 1312; d. 1348), painted 1346-47.