Blessed Fra Angelico

"Guido, or Guidolinus, son of Peter, was born in Tuscany c.1400 and as a young man studied to be a painter. However, being attracted to the religious life, he joined the Order of Preachers with his …More
"Guido, or Guidolinus, son of Peter, was born in Tuscany c.1400 and as a young man studied to be a painter. However, being attracted to the religious life, he joined the Order of Preachers with his brother Benedict at the priory of Fiesole, which had recently been set up for regular observance by Blessed John Dominic, whose name he took along with the habit in 1420. After ordination he was twice vicar and later elected prior of that priory. In addition to his contemplation of sacred truth in prayer and study, he shared with his brethren and with the faithful his heavenly artistic gifts. He painted many altarpieces at Fiesole between 1425 and 1438. Then in Florence, the prior of San Marco, St Antoninus, asked him to decorate the cloister, chapter room, cells and corridors of the priory with frescoes, which he executed between 1439 and 1445. Eugenius IV then summoned him to Rome to paint two chapels in St Peter’s and in the Vatican palace. At the command of Nicholas V, who revered him …More
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