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Fra Angelico
 
 
Author
Diane Cole Ahl.
Publisher Phaidon  
Format no jacket
Product Dimensions 11.7 x 10 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780714848303
Pages/Publication Date 240/2008
Daedalus Item Code 41200
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Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (c. 1390–1455), known as Fra Angelico, was possibly the most celebrated religious painter of the Italian Early Renaissance, yet adhered to an austere life in a Dominican monastery. His contemporary, biographer Giorgio Vasari, said of him, "It is impossible to bestow too much praise on this holy father, who was so humble and modest in all that he did and said and whose pictures were painted with such facility and piety." Originally trained as an illuminator, Fra Angelico went on to paint altarpieces that even early in his career showed great skill in the rendering of the figures, composition, and use of color. Perhaps his most famous works, however, are the frescos that decorate the cells, corridors, and Chapter House of San Marco Monastery in Florence, where Fra Angelico moved in 1436 along with many of the monks from the Fiesole monastery. A magnificent altarpiece was also among the commissions for the newly built monastery, which showed an unprecedented realism in the intimate arrangement of the holy figures. Diane Cole Ahl's engaging text is illuminated with 166 color reproductions and 9 full-page detail views, and discusses the context in which the works were created as well as Fra Angelico's influence—both directly, on such pupils as Benozzo Gozzoli, and on the artists that followed in the later Renaissance.
 
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