Fra Angelico-Guido di Pietro

c1395-1455 Italy-Early Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-A Dominican monk, Fra Angelico was one of the most prominent Renaissance artists. Vicchio north of Florence was his birth place. Sometime after 1418 he entered the monastery at Fiesole in the hills overlooking Florence. He was a very pious man who could have chosen to live a wealthy life and was called "Angelic" because of his devotion to God. Fra Giovanni was his name in the orders but his real name was Guido di Pietro-Guy, Son of Peter. He started his artistic career decorating manuscripts however he is mostly known for his expertise in frescos. It is said that all payments for his art were given to the monastery. There is some evidence that he may have been initially instructed in art by a monk called Lorenzo Monaco. He dedicated all of his work to the church but he was also a professional artist. His most famous works were carried out between 1440 and 1445 in the monastery of San Marco in Florence; he decorated many rooms with frescos. All of which can be viewed to this day. Pope Eugenius IV summoned him to Rome in 1445 to paint frescos in the Capella del Sacramento of Saint Peter. In 1447, Nicholas V succeeded Eugenius and commissioned further frescos for his chapel and studies. Nicholas V was so impressed by Fra Angelico the man that he wanted him to be Archbishop of Florence, but the humble man turned it down. In 1455, he died in Rome, in the monastery of Santa Maria sopra Minerva where he was buried.

 

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Last
Judgment

Last Judgment

The Birth of
Saint Nicholas

Perugia Triptych-The Birth of Saint Nicholas

Perugia Triptych-
Nicholas Saving

Perugia Triptych-Nicholas Saving a Ship at Sea

The
Lamentation

The Lamentation Over Saint Francis

Masacre of the
Innocents

Masacre of the Innocents

Saint Lawrence
Receiving

Saint Lawrence Receiving the Treasures of the Church

Saint Lawrence
Distributing Alms

Saint Lawrence Distributing Alms

Noli
Me Tangere

Noli Me Tangere

Flight
into Egypt

Flight into Egypt

coronation of
the virgin

coronation of the virgin

dormition
of the virgin

dormition of the virgin

marriage
of the virgin

marriage of the virgin

predella of the san
domenico altarpiece

predella of the san domenico altarpiece

scenes from
the life of christ 1

scenes from the life of christ one

scenes from
the life of christ 2

scenes from the life of christ two

scenes from
the life of christ 3

scenes from the life of christ three

St Cosmas and St
Damian Condemned

Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Condemned

Apparition of Saint
Francis at Arles

Apparition of Saint francis at arles

Saint Cosmas
and Saint Damien

Saint Cosmaas and Saint Damien before Lisius

The
Crucifixion

The Crucifixion

Saint
James

Apostle saint James the Great Freeing the Magician Hermogenes

The
Annunciation

The annunciation

Coronation
of the Virgin

Coronation of the Virgin

Betrayal
with a Kiss

Betrayal with a Kiss

Christ
in Limbo

Christ in Limbo

Fiesole
Triptych

Fiesole Triptych

Beheading of
Saint Cosmas

Beheading of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damien

Madonna
and Child

Madonna and Child

Madonna
Surrounded

Madonna Surrounded by Angels

Madonna with Angels
and the Saints

Madonna with Angels and the Saints Dominic and Catherine

Ordination of
Saint Lawrence

Ordination of Saint Lawrence by Saint Sixtus

San Pietro
Martire Triptych

San Pietro Martire Triptych

the
Nativity

Nativity

The
Deposition

The Deposition

The Naming
of John

The Naming of John

The
Mocking of Christ

The Mocking of Christ

The Agony
in the Garden

The Agony in the Garden

The Coronation
of the Virgin

The Coronation of the Virgin

The Mockery
of Christ

The Mockery of Christ


The Last
Judgment

last Judgment

Detail
One

Detail One

Detail
Two

Detail Two

Arrest of
Christ

Arrest of Christ

Annunciation with
Saint Dominic

Annunciation with Saint Dominic


a bishop saint

a bishop saint


adoration of the magi

adoration of the magi


annalena altarpiece

annalena altarpiece


birth of the virgin

birth of the virgin

bosco ai frati
altarpiece

bosco ai frati altarpiece


circumcision

circumcision

communion of
the apostles

communion of the apostles


cortona polyptych

cortona polyptych

crucified christ
with the virgin

crucified christ with the virgin saint john the evangelist and cardinal juan de torquemada