Cool facts about Fra Angelico11:04 AM
|Annunciation by Fra Angelico, 1443|
His real name was Guido di Pietro. When he entered the Dominican convent he changed his name for Giovanni. "Fra" means brother in italian. "Angelico", meaning angelic, was more or less a nickname his contemporaries gave him, specially after his death.
|Virgin Mary Annunciate by Fra Angelico, 1433|
It is attritubeted to Vasari the statement that in 1445 the Pope thought of making him archbishop of Florence. Fra Angelico refused, recomending another friar who would later become Saint Antoninus.
|Coronation of the Virgin (detail) by Fra Angelico, 1435|
In 1982, Pope John Paul II beatified him. He is considered the patron of Catholic artists.
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What do you think of Fra Angelico's life and work? Which of his paintings do you like most?