Madonnas on Parade: Fra Angelico and the Fisherman’s Feast

What does the Fisherman’s Feast in Boston’s North End have in common with Renaissance Florence? Watch this short film Madonnas on Parade to find out.

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Curator of the Collection Nat Silver and Building Technician Michael D’Anna collaborated with the Italian-American community in Boston on the short film Madonnas on Parade. It explores the connections between the Gardner Museum’s painted reliquary The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin by Fra Angelico and the Fisherman’s Feast in the North End—an annual celebration with roots dating back to the devotion of sixteenth century fishermen from Sciacca, Sicily to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help).

Madonnas on Parade, 2018

4 minutes

Be sure to check out the Fisherman’s Feast in Boston's North End on August 12–15, 2021 and visit Fra Angelico’s painting in the Early Italian Room!

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