Fra Angelico

Painting, Visual Artist

1400 – 1455

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Who was Fra Angelico?

Fra Angelico was an Early Italian Renaissance painter described by Vasari in his Lives of the Artists as having "a rare and perfect talent".

He was known to contemporaries as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole and Fra Giovanni Angelico. In modern Italian he is called il Beato Angelico; the common English name Fra Angelico means the "Angelic friar".

In 1982 Pope John Paul II proclaimed his beatification, in recognition of the holiness of his life, thereby making the title of "Blessed" official. Fiesole is sometimes misinterpreted as being part of his formal name, but it was merely the name of the town where he took his vows as a Dominican friar, and was used by contemporaries to separate him from other Fra Giovannis. He is listed in the Roman Martyrology as Beatus Ioannes Faesulanus, cognomento Angelicus—"Blessed Giovanni of Fiesole, known as 'the Angelic' ".

Vasari wrote of Fra Angelico:

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Born
1400
Vicchio
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Italy
Profession
Lived in
  • Tuscany
  • Florence
Died
Feb 18, 1455
Rome

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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