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Agostino di Duccio

Sculptor of Exquisite Reliefs

Madonna del Carmine

A bit neglected, Agostino di Duccio (1418–81) was one of the greatest sculptors of his day; his highly stylised bas-reliefs epitomize the look of the early Renaissance. Agostino was a born Florentine and studied under Donatello and Michelozzo. He was exiled from Florence after being accused of stealing silver from the Annunziata church, and all of his best work is in Rimini (the Malatesta Temple), in Perugia and in Modena.

Agostino was later commissioned to create two colossal statues for Florence's Duomo. Of these one is lost and the other never finished—Michelangelo used the block of marble to make his David. Agostino's only work in Florence is a Madonna in the Bargello.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Fondazione Duccio