Fra Angelico, detail from Deeds of the Antichrist by Luca Signorelli (c. 1501) in Orvieto Cathedral, Italy
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).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.