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Fra Angelico (Italian, about 1400-1455), “The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin” (detail), 1430-1434. Tempera on panel, 61.8 x 38.3 cm (24 5/16 x 15 1/16 in.)

Fra Angelico (Italian, about 1400-1455), “The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin” (detail), 1430-1434. Tempera on panel, 61.8 x 38.3 cm (24 5/16 x 15 1/16 in.)

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Gardner Museum displays restored Fra Angelico works

A small painting by Early Renaissance artist Fra Angelico, located in a quiet corner of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, is reason enough for some visitors to frequent this palazzo on the Fenway. Viewers bask in the gilded radiance and serenity of the scene, which portrays the Virgin Mary as she is laid to rest and then welcomed by an angelic chorus into heaven.