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      FRA ANGELICO



      • Known as: Early Renaissance painter
      • Born: 1395, Vicchio, Mugello, Italy
      • Birthname: Guido di Pietro
      • Also known as: Il Beato Fra Giovanni Angelico da Fiesole, The Beatified Friar John the Angelic of Fiesole, The Angelic Friar, Beato Angelico, The Blessed Angelic One
      • Date of death: February 18, 1455), Rome
      • Buried: Church of S. Maria sopra Minerva, Rome



    • What Fra Angelico's parents were or did is now unknown but from what accounts we have they were well-to-do parents. While still a young boy he asked for admittance to the convent of San Domenico in Florence. It was an austere way of life, with the Dominican friars subscribing to a method of living based on the strictest of doctines, though it wasn't a closed order.. By the age of 13, he had completed his novitiate in Cortona; ten years later, he was a fully fledged Dominican monk in Florence. He was then known as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole.

      Little is known about his art training other than before becoming a friar, he had trained as a manuscript maker and had also trained as an illuminator. And while still a young man, his art was already famous perhaps because he had the patronage of Cosimo de' Medici.

      His early works included pieces for churches and convents in Florence and in Cortona executed whilst still a novitiate there. It is also highly probable that his first fresco works were executed there also.

      He was in Fiesole from 1418 to 1436 and then in the Dominican convent of S. Marco in Florence until 1445 where he lived with St. Antoninus Pierozzi. Here, it is documented, he decorated the cells, the hall of the Chapter, the corridors, the colonnade, and the church altarpiece.

      Pope Eugene IV invited him to Rome in 1445 and appointed another Dominican friar, a colleague of Angelico, to be archbishop of Florence in 1445. What were the reasons for this and whether Fra Giovanni was offered the appointment originally is pure speculation but what we do know is that in 1447 he painted the Vatican the Cappella del Sacramento, demolised lated by Paul III. That same year, he also went to Orvieto, to paint in the Cappella Nuova of the cathedral.

      Three years later, he became Prior of the convent of San Marco and later Archbishop of Florence. In this period, he returned to Rome to paint the chapel of Nicholas V, where he died in 1455.

      He is buried in the church of S. Maria sopra Minerva.

      In 1982, Fra Angelico was canonized by Pope John Paul II.



      Dates of Important Works


      • Madonna on a Throne (1428-1430)
      • The Naming of St. John the Baptist (1434-1435)
      • Christ in Limbo (c.1437-1446)
      • Christ Being Nailed to the Cross (c.1437-1446)
      • Christ on the Cross between the Two Thieves (c.1437-1446)
      • Longinus Piercing Christ's Side with a Lance (c.1437-1446)
      • Saint Lawrence receives the treasures of the Church (1447)
      • The Flight into Egypt (c.1450)
      • Annunciation (c. 1450)


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      fra angelico fra angelico fra angelico fra angelico fra angelico / dante alighieri fra angelico / adam and eve expelled from paradise, detail from the annunciation, c.1430-32
      fra angelico / adoration of an angel fra angelico / adoration of the kings fra angelico / adoration of the kings fra angelico / adoration of the magi, c. 1430-50 fra angelico / adoration of the magi, predella panel from the linaiuoli triptych, 1433 fra angelico / adoration of the magi
      fra angelico / adoration of the three kings fra angelico / angel holding a trumpet, detail from the linaivoli triptych, 1433 fra angelico / angel of the annunciation, detail fra angelico / angel playing a tambourine, detail from the linaivoli triptych, 1433 fra angelico / angel playing a trumpet, detail from the linaiuoli triptych, 1433 fra angelico / angel with a violin
      fra angelico / angel with trumpet fra angelico / angel with trumpet fra angelico / angels playing musical instruments fra angelico / annunciation (c. 1450) fra angelico / annunciation with saint dominic (c.1437-1446) fra angelico / annunciation
      fra angelico / baptism of christ (c.1437-1446) fra angelico fra angelico fra angelico / christ before caiaphas fra angelico / christ glorified in the court of heaven, 1419-35 fra angelico / christ glorified in the court of heaven, detail of musical angels from the right hand side, 1419-35
      fra angelico / christ on the cross between the two thieves fra angelico / christ rising from his tomb, c. 1438-45 fra angelico / christ rising from tomb, detail of the predella panel of the coronation of the virgin, c.1430-32 fra angelico / coronation of the virgin (c.1437-1446) fra angelico / coronation of the virgin, detail of st. dominic giving the book to the the albigensians c.1430-32 fra angelico / coronation of the virgin, c.1430-32
      fra angelico / coronation of the virgin fra angelico / crucifixion with st. dominic fra angelico / crucifixion, from cell 22 fra angelico / detail from the annunciation showing the angel gabriel fra angelico / detail from the linaiuoli triptych, predella showing st. peter preaching, 1433 fra angelico / detail from the side of the linaivoli triptych showing an angel holding a portative organ, 1433
      fra angelico / detail of heaven from the last judgement fra angelico / entry of christ into jerusalem, detail from panel three fra angelico / group of musical angels fra angelico / historiated initial 'd' depicting king david with his lyre, from a psalter from san marco e cenacoli fra angelico / historiated initial 'i' depicting st. john the evangelist fra angelico / lamentation over the dead christ, 1436-41 (detail)
      fra angelico / lamentation over the dead christ, 1436-41 fra angelico / madonna and child triptych fra angelico / madonna and child fra angelico / madonna on a throne (1428-1430) fra angelico / musical angels with chimes fra angelico / musical angels with cymbals
      fra angelico / musical angels with trumpet fra angelico / musical angels with violin fra angelico / noli me tangere (c.1437-1446) fra angelico / noli me tangere, 1442 fra angelico / saint lawrence receives the treasures of the church fra angelico / saint malet
      fra angelico / santa trinita altarpiece, detail of mary magdalene, c. 1434 fra angelico / santa trinita altarpiece, detail of the city of jerusalem and the temple of solomon, c. 1434 fra angelico / santa trinita altarpiece, detail of the grieving angels, c. 1434) fra angelico / santa trinita altarpiece, frame and pinnacles by lorenzo monaco, completed c. 1434 fra angelico / simeon with the christ child, detail from the presentation in the temple, 1442 fra angelico / st. dominic with four musical angels, from a gradual from san marco e cenacoli
      fra angelico / st. peter martyr asking for silence fra angelico / st. peter preaching, predella from the linaiuoli triptych, 1433 fra angelico / the adoration of the magi, detail from panel one of the silver treasury of santissima annunziata fra angelico / the annunciation (detail) fra angelico / the annunciation depicted in an historiated initial 'r' fra angelico / the annunciation, c. 1438
      fra angelico / the annunciation, c. 1438-45 fra angelico / the annunciation, c.1430-32 (tempera and gold on panel) fra angelico / the annunciation, detail from panel one of the silver treasury of santissima annunziata, c. 1450-53 fra angelico / the annunciation, detail of the angel gabriel and st. peter the martyr, 1442 fra angelico / the annunciation, detail of the virgin, c. 1438-45 fra angelico / the annunciation
      fra angelico / the annunciation fra angelico / the annunciation fra angelico / the ascension fra angelico / the baptism of christ, c. 1438-45 fra angelico / the circumcision, detail from panel one of the silver treasury of santissima annunziata, c. 1450-53 fra angelico / the coronation of the virgin, detail showing musical angels, c. 1430-32
      fra angelico / the crucifixion with the sponge-bearer, 1442 fra angelico / the crucifixion, 1442 fra angelico / the crucifixion, 1442 fra angelico / the deposition fra angelico / the descent into limbo, 1442 fra angelico / the flight into egypt (c.1450)
      fra angelico / the flight into egypt, detail from panel one of the silver treasury of santissima annunziata fra angelico / the kiss of judas, 1442 fra angelico / the kiss of judas, detail from panel three of the silver treasury of santissima annunziata fra angelico / the last judgement detail fra angelico / the last judgement detail fra angelico / the last judgement, central panel from a triptych
      fra angelico / the last judgement, detail of hell, c.1431 fra angelico / the last judgement, detail of the damned, c. 1431 fra angelico / the last judgement fra angelico / the last supper, 1442 fra angelico / the last supper, detail from panel three of the silver treasury of santissima annunziata, c. 1450-53 fra angelico / the madonna delle ombre, detail of st. dominic, 1450 (fresco)
      fra angelico / the martyrdom of saints cosmas and damian fra angelico / the massacre of the innocents, detail from panel one of the silver treasury of santissima annunziata fra angelico / the miracle of the deacon justinian, from the predella of the san marco altarpiece, 1440 fra angelico / the mocking of christ with the virgin and st. dominic, 1442 fra angelico / the naming of john the baptist, c. 1430s fra angelico / the naming of st. john the baptist (1434-1435)
      fra angelico / the nativity fra angelico / the perugia altarpiece, central panel depicting the madonna and child fra angelico / visitation, from the predella of the annunciation alterpiece, c.1430-32 (tempera & gold on panel) fra angelico / the perugia altarpiece, side panel depicting st. dominic, 1437 (detail) fra angelico / the presentation in the temple, 1442 fra angelico / the presentation in the temple, depicted in an historiated initial 's'
      fra angelico / the resurrection of christ and the pious women at the sepulchre, 1442 fra angelico / the sermon on the mount, 1442 fra angelico / the transfiguration, 1442 fra angelico / the virgin and child enthroned, detail of the madonna delle ombre, 1450 fra angelico / the washing of the feet, detail from panel three of the silver treasury of santissima annunziata fra angelico / thebaid, c. 1410


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