Fra Angelico: 7 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Madonna and Child with Two Angels (circa 1420) by Fra AngelicoMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen

'Fra Angelico received numerous commissions from the Dominican Order in Florence, of which he himself was a member. He also had clients among the Italian elite and was summoned to Rome by Pope Eugene IV in order to decorate a chapel in the Vatican.'

The Apostle Saint James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes (c. 1426–29) by Fra Angelico (Fra Giovanni da Fiesole)Kimbell Art Museum

'The subject of the picture is taken from the thirteenth-century Golden Legend, which relates how Saint James the Greater ordered the Christian convert Philetus to free the repentant magician Hermogenes, who had been bound by the very devils he sent to vanquish Saint James.'

Saint Francis and a Bishop Saint, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Dominic (late 1420s) by Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro, Fra Giovanni da Fiesole)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'The Dominican monk Fra Angelico, whose clerical name means "Angelic Brother," was among the first to adopt Masaccio's innovative naturalism. Though he still employed a gold background, Fra Angelico used shading to model plausible figures in the round.'

Scenes from the Lives of the Early Fathers (ca. 1420–1430) by Fra AngelicoMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest

'Leading scholars have attributed both the Budapest-ex Bartolini Salimbeni and the Uffizi versions to the young Dominican friar known as Fra Angelico.'

Coronation of the Virgin (1434 - 1435) by Beato Angelico o Fra' AngelicoUffizi Gallery

'With a style between Gothic and Renaissance, Beato Angelico depicts the moment when Christ adorns the Virgin's regal crown with a gem.'

Madonna of Humility (c. 1440) by Fra AngelicoRijksmuseum

'That allowed him to develop his own personal style: remarkably realistic, with big forms and a rather sweet quality derived from the older painting traditions of Siena and Florence.'

The Adoration of the Magi (c. 1440 - 1460) by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo LippiNational Gallery of Art, Washington DC

'A 1492 inventory of Lorenzo de' Medici's estate possibly identifies this picture as the most valuable in the collection of the powerful Florentine family, and attributes it to Fra Angelico. The Adoration of the Magi actually appears to be the product of two artists; Fra Angelico may only have started the altarpiece, the greatest part of the work having been taken up by Fra Filippo Lippi.'

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