Bernardo Daddi may have trained in the Florentine workshop of Giotto, a pivotal figure in the history of European painting. Daddi fused Giotto’s grandeur and monumentality with a refined grace and lyricism. It has been suggested that while Daddi was responsible for the design of this panel, it was executed by a leading member of his workshop. The panel is likely the upper half of an important altarpiece painted for a chapel in the Cathedral of Prato, near Florence, which houses the highly venerated girdle, or belt, of the Virgin Mary. As evidence of her Assumption, the Virgin lowers her girdle to St. Thomas, whose hands are visible at the panel’s lower edge and who was depicted in the missing lower section of the painting.
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Title:The Assumption of the Virgin
Artist:Bernardo Daddi (Italian, Florence (?) ca. 1290–1348 Florence) (possibly with workshop assistance)
Medium:Tempera on wood, gold ground
Dimensions:Framed: 44 1/2 × 56 1/8 × 2 3/4 in. (113 × 142.6 × 7 cm) without frame: 42 1/2 × 53 7/8 in. (108 × 136.8 cm)
Credit Line:Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Lombardi-Baldi, Florence (oral communication to M. Boskovits by F. Zeri); Harold Parsons, Rome, 1954 (note on a photograph in the library of the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence); Carlo and Marcello Sestieri, Rome; acquired by Robert Lehman in 1954
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Brendan Cassidy. "The Assumption of the Virgin on the Tabernacle of Orsanmichele." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 51 (1988), p. 180 n. 34.
Erling S. Skaug. Punch Marks from Giotto to Fra Angelico: Attribution, Chronology, and Workshop Relationships in Tuscan Panel Painting. Oslo, 1994, pp. 111-112, table 5.3.
Philippe de Montebello. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 1994, p. 348.
Katharine Baetjer. European Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Artists Born before 1865: A Summary Catalogue. New York, 1995, p. 6.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bernardo Daddi: The Assumption of the Virgin (1975.1.58)." Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York, 2006.
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