Andrea del Sarto Assumption
Andrea del Sarto Assumption of the Virgin
Heaven and earth divide this picture into two parts. Above, the Virgin Man, ascends into heaven, helped bv a group of angels.
Below, the Apostles marvel at the event, as St Thomas peers into Man ’s grave to check that her body is no longer there. Saints Nicholas and Margaret, patrons of the donor and of the town for which the altarpiece was made, kneel in front of the scene. The painting is typical of the High Renaissance in its rigid composition. Florentine artists were generally superb draughtsmen, and Andrea del Sarto was no exception. To create an altarpiece like this, he would probably have made many studies of each figure. Known in his time as ‘the perfect painter’, Andrea del Sarto studied under Piero di Cosimo and produced many important frescos. He has been described as a cold, unimaginative painter, but few sixteenth-century artists achieved his harmonious use of colour or his technical skill.