Saturday, July 25, 2015

London's National Gallery to showcase research on Francesco Botticini altarpiece

Andrea del Verrochio, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels, About 1476-78. Egg tempera on wood, 96.5 x 70.5 cm © The National Gallery, London.
UNITED KINGDOM---The exhibition 'Visions of Paradise: Botticini’s Palmieri Altarpiece' (on view from November 4th to February 16th 2016) is the culmination of three years of research on Francesco Botticini’s monumental altarpiece (228.6 x 377.2 cm) of the Assumption of the Virgin , completed in about 1477 for the funerary chapel of Matteo Palmieri (1406 – 1475) in the church of San Pier Maggiore in Florence. Dr Jennifer Sliwka, Ahmanson Curator in Art and Religion at the National Gallery said: 'The Assumption of the Virgin' is a painted collaboration between an artist and patron in which the patron’s visions of Paradise, both the ideal city on Earth and in Heaven, are realised.” [link]
Francesco Botticini, The Assumption of the Virgin, Probably about 1475-6. Tempera on wood, 228.6 x 377.2 cm. © The National Gallery, London.