This accessible yet authoritative volume examines the life and work of possibly the most celebrated religious painter of the Italian Early Renaissance, Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (c. 1390/95-1455), known as Fra Angelico. From the delicate altarpieces of his early career to the serene frescos in the monastery of San Marco in Florence and the many magnificent works he executed for the Popes in the Vatican, Fra Angelico's paintings are here discussed in the context of the time and places in which they were created, and are beautifully reproduced in their true, glorious colours.
Diane Cole Ahl is the Arthur J '55 and Barbara S. Rothkopf Professor of Art History at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. She holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and BA from Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and has received many grants and awards for teaching and scholarship. She is the author of Benozzo Gozzoli and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Masaccio.
Introduction / Chapter One - 'Magnificence and Splendour', Poverty and War: The Florence of Fra Angelico / Chapter Two - 'Friar John of the Friars of San Domenico': Paintings from the 1420s / Chapter Three - 'With all his art and expertise': Angelico in the early 1430s / Chapter Four - Angelico the 'Master Painter': Dominican Connections in Fiesole, Cortona and Florence / Chapter Five - 'A man of absolute modesty devoted to religious life': Angelico at San Marco / Chapter Six - 'Famous beyond all other Italian painters': Angelico in Rome and Orvieto / Chapter Seven - 'The Servant of God': The Final Works / Afterlife