Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico, detail from Deeds of the Antichrist by Luca Signorelli (c. 1501) in Orvieto Cathedral, Italy

Years of life: 1387 – 1455
Artist's Teachers: Lorenzo Monaco (?)
Artist's students: Benozzo Gozzoli
Art Movement: Early Renaissance
Painting School: Florentine School
Genre: Religious
Country: Italy
Century: XV

Fra Angelico was a Dominican friar. This artist’s work combines old-fashioned Gothic and progressive Renaissance ideas. Fra Angelico’s art, naive and deeply religious, is devoid of medieval austerity and asceticism. His works are full of beauty and light, they glow with the purity of innocence, as though he saw no evil in the world.

Youthful, happy faces with peaches and cream complexions and pink cheeks, bright pure tones, carefully painted decorative details. With equal enthusiasm Fra Angelico uses old-fashioned gold embellishments and modern perspective; his soft draperies have highly detailed borders.

Fra Angelico’s major works are Noli me Tangere, 1425–30 (Florence: Convent of San Marco); The Annunciation, 1435–45 (Madrid: Museo del Prado); The Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels and Saints, c. 1438–40 (Florence: Convent of San Marco); The Mocking of Christ, c. 1439–43 (Florence: Convent of San Marco).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Madonna with Child Surrounded by Angels and Saints

    1427

    Madonna with Child Surrounded by Angels and Saints  •  1427

  • Christ crowned with thorns

    1450s

    Christ crowned with thorns   •  1450s

  • Madonna with child

    1450s

    Madonna with child   •  1450s

  • Madonna of Humility

    1430

    Madonna of Humility   •  1430

  • Last Judgment, central panel of the Triptych

    between 1450 and 1455

    Last Judgment, central panel of the Triptych  •  between 1450 and 1455

  • Entombment of Christ

    1450

    Entombment of Christ   •  1450

  • Fresco cycle in the Dominican monastery of San Marco in Florence, scene: Noli me tangere

    1437-1446

    Fresco cycle in the Dominican monastery of San Marco in Florence, scene: Noli me tangere  •  1437-1446

  • Fresco cycle on the lives of Saints Stephen and Laurentius, scene: Saint Laurentius before the court of Emperor Valerian, who has him martyred to death on a grate

    1447-1450

    Fresco cycle on the lives of Saints Stephen and Laurentius, scene: Saint Laurentius before the court of Emperor Valerian, who has him martyred to death on a grate  •  1447-1450

  • Coronation of the Virgin

    1432

    Coronation of the Virgin   •  1432

  • Scenes from the Life of Christ

    between 1451 and 1452

    Scenes from the Life of Christ   •  between 1451 and 1452

  • Scenes from the Life of Christ

    between 1451 and 1452

    Scenes from the Life of Christ   •  between 1451 and 1452

  • Madonna and Child Enthroned and Twelve Angels

    1430

    Madonna and Child Enthroned and Twelve Angels  •  1430

  • San Marco Altarpiece

    from 1438 until 1443

    San Marco Altarpiece   •  from 1438 until 1443

  • The Story of St Nicholas: The Liberation of Three Innocents

    between 1447 and 1448

    The Story of St Nicholas: The Liberation of Three Innocents  •  between 1447 and 1448

  • Saint Anthony Abbot Shunning the Mass of Gold

    1436

    Saint Anthony Abbot Shunning the Mass of Gold   •  1436

  • Triptych: The Last Judgment

    1450

    Triptych: The Last Judgment  •  1450

  • Bosco ai Frati Altarpiece

    1450

    Bosco ai Frati Altarpiece   •  1450

  • Lamentation over St Francis

    1429

    Lamentation over St Francis   •  1429

  • Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Salvaged

    between 1438 and 1440

    Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Salvaged   •  between 1438 and 1440

  • Sepulchring of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian

    between 1438 and 1440

    Sepulchring of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian  •  between 1438 and 1440

  • The Coronation of the Virgin

    between 1434 and 1435

    The Coronation of the Virgin   •  between 1434 and 1435

  • Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Condamned

    between 1438 and 1440

    Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Condamned   •  between 1438 and 1440

  • Beheading of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian

    between 1438 and 1440

    Beheading of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian   •  between 1438 and 1440

  • Dormition of the Virgin

    between 1431 and 1432

    Dormition of the Virgin   •  between 1431 and 1432

  • The Marriage of the Virgin

    between 1431 and 1432

    The Marriage of the Virgin   •  between 1431 and 1432

  • Massacre of the Innocents

    between 1451 and 1452

    Massacre of the Innocents   •  between 1451 and 1452

  • Mystic Wheel (The Vision of Ezekiel)

    between 1451 and 1452

    Mystic Wheel (The Vision of Ezekiel)   •  between 1451 and 1452

  • Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Crucifixed and Stoned

    between 1438 and 1440

    Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Crucifixed and Stoned   •  between 1438 and 1440

  • Apparition of St Francis at Arles

    1429

    Apparition of St Francis at Arles   •  1429

  • St Peter Preaching in the Presence of St Mark

    1433

    St Peter Preaching in the Presence of St Mark  •  1433

  • The Crucifixion

    between 1420 and 1423

    The Crucifixion  •  between 1420 and 1423

  • Circumcision

    between 1451 and 1452

    Circumcision  •  between 1451 and 1452

  • Last Judgement (detail)

    1431

    Last Judgement (detail)   •  1431

  • Virgin and Child with Sts Dominic and Catherine of Alexandria

    1435

    Virgin and Child with Sts Dominic and Catherine of Alexandria   •  1435

  • The Story of St Nicholas: St Nicholas saves the ship

    between 1447 and 1448

    The Story of St Nicholas: St Nicholas saves the ship  •  between 1447 and 1448

  • The Healing of Justinian by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian

    between 1438 and 1440

    The Healing of Justinian by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian   •  between 1438 and 1440

  • Receiving the Stigmata

    1429

    Receiving the Stigmata   •  1429

  • Christ on the Cross, the Virgin, Saint John the Evangelist, and Cardinal Torquemada

    1450

    Christ on the Cross, the Virgin, Saint John the Evangelist, and Cardinal Torquemada  •  1450

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