Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Artist information: Fra Angelico was a highly praised early Renaissance painter in his own lifetime. He initially received training as an illuminator. The painter Lorenzo Monaco may have contributed to his art training and his works show a notable influence of the Sienese school. His first paintings were an altarpiece and a painted screen for the Carthusian monastery of Florence. Between 1418 and 1436 he executed several frescoes for the church of the convent of Fiesole, where he also lived. He later went to Florence, where he completed one of his most famous works, the altarpiece for San Marco. He was later called to Rome by Pope Eugenius IV to paint the frescoes of the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament at St Peter's. Fra Angelico created artworks which show the transition from conservative Gothic to progressive style of the Renaissance. He held a preeminent position among his contemporaries.