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Umbrian Angels

[image ALT: A semi-circular stone arch, in the lunette of which a fresco has been painted, depicting the Virgin Mary holding Baby Jesus; an angel on either side bows in adoration. It is a tympanum of the church of S. Martino in Trevi, Umbria (central Italy).]

Madonna and Child between two angels, by Tiberio d'Assisi.

Tiberio d'Assisi (1470‑1524) was an Umbrian fresco painter, of talent rather than genius, and consequently quite local. His work can be seen thruout the Valle Umbra along an arc only 32 km long, from Bastia in the N to Castelritaldi in the S; with outlying samples in Perugia and in Stroncone.

The painting you see here, the tympanum of the main door of the church of S. Martino just outside Trevi, is a perfect example of his work. He will not surprise you: these angels hew close to a formula that worked well for him, and have the advantage of making him rather recognizable.

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Page updated: 10 Aug 05