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Fra Angelico
(born c. 1387-1400, died 1455)

See also: Renaissance Artists

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"Fra Angelico was a Dominican friar in the monastery at Fiesole. The convent of San Marco was taken over by his Order in 1436, and he was commissioned to decorate the friar's cells with frescoes painted directly on to wet plaster walls. These were intended to stimulate prayer and meditation rather than to be a factual record of the Biblical story. He wanted to represent the sacredness of Christ in all its glory and simplicity; although he understood the principles of perspective, as seen here in the rendition of the tomb door, these were often sacrificed for a simple style. In the nineteenth century Angelico's painting captured the imagination of the Pre-Raphaelites, who saw in them the charm of a pure faith. In this fresco, Christ appears to Mary Magdalene. She has been weeping after discovering that his tomb is empty. A figure appears. At first she mistakes him for a gardener as he is carrying a hoe. Suddenly realizing who it is, she goes to embrace him. But he moves away, telling her not to touch him - literally 'Noli Me Tangere'."

- From "The A-Z of Art: The World's Greatest and Most Popular Artists and Their Works", by Nicola Hodge and Libby Anson

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Fra Angelico Images

c. 1420 The Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magi
c. 1420 The Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magi (detail)
c. 1425-30 Noli Me Tangere
c. 1425-30 Lamentation
c. 1425-30 Annunciation
c. 1425-30 Crucified Christ with Saint John the Evangelist, the Virgin, and Saints Dominic and Jerome
c. 1425-30 Nativity
c. 1425-30 Transfiguration
c. 1425-30 Mocking of Christ with the Virgin and Saint Dominic
c. 1425-30 Christ Resurrected and the Maries at the Tomb
c. 1425-30 Coronation of the Virgin
c. 1425-30 Presentation in the Temple
c. 1430 Saint Anthony the Abbott Tempted by a Lump of Gold
c. 1434 Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece from San Domenico
c. 1434 Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece from San Domenico (detail of angels)
c. 1434 Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece from San Domenico (detail of predella: the Dispute of Saint Dominic and the Miracle of the Book)
c. 1434 Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece from San Domenico (detail of predella: Saints Peter and Paul Appearing to Saint Dominic)
1438-40 San Marco Altarpiece
1438-40 San Marco Altarpiece (Predella: detail of the Crucifixion of Saints Cosmas and Damian)
1438-40 San Marco Altarpiece (Predella: Saints Cosmas and Damian Present their Brothers to the Proconsul Lysias)
1447 Chapel of San Brizio (detail of one of the sixteen prophets)
1447 Chapel of San Brizio (detail of Christ Seated in Judgment)
c. 1450s Saint Lawrence Giving Alms
c. 1450s The Ordination of Saint Lawrence
c. 1450s Stoning of Saint Stephen
c. 1450s Saint Lawrence Receiving the Treasures of the Church from Pope Sixtus II





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