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Exhibitions

Fra Angelico

Heaven on Earth

February 22 - May 20, 2018
Hostetter Gallery

About the Exhibition

Renaissance master Fra Angelico transformed the history of western art with his breathtaking paintings. Heaven on Earth reunites the Gardner's magnificent 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. Conceived as a set of jewel-like reliquaries for the Florentine church of Santa Maria Novella, they tell the story of the Virgin Mary's life. This exhibition invites you to explore Fra Angelico's ground-breaking narrative art, marvel at his peerless creativity, and immerse yourself in the material splendor of his craftsmanship.

Madonnas on Parade

Fra Angelico (Italian, about 1400-1455), The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin, 1424-1434. Tempera with oil glazes and gold on panel, 85.7 x 45.1 cm (33 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Fra Angelico (Italian, about 1400-1455), The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin, 1424-1434. Tempera with oil glazes and gold on panel, 85.7 x 45.1 cm (33 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)

Exhibition-Inspired Programs

Fra Angelico

Third Thursdays: Heaven is a Place on Earth

Inspired by the Heaven on Earth exhibition, enjoy performance, gallery activities, and golden haloes.

Fra Angelico, Sanctuary Series

Sanctuary Series: Slow Looking

Slow down and join us for a focused exploration of one work of art.

Fra Angelico

A Closer Look: Fra Angelico: Stout Lecture

Join us for a closer look at Fra Angelico’s masterful techniques.

Support for the Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition is provided in part by the Robert Lehman​ ​Foundation​, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives funding from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Media Sponsor: WBUR