Short Biography, facts and interesting information about Fra Angelico the famous Medieval artist and his contribution to Medieval Art
The Medieval Times encompass one of the most interesting periods in the History of Art. The names of many famous Medieval people and artists, such as Fra Angelico, scatter the Medieval History books and other historical documents. Why were these important Medieval artists famous and what did they accomplish? Famous Medieval artists of the Middle Ages included both men and women like Fra Angelico who contributed to the Medieval art forms of the Middle Ages dating from 1066 - 1485. The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the key dates and Medieval art accomplishments in the life of the artist Fra Angelico who was famous as a Medieval Florentine painter.
Short Biography about the life of Fra Angelico
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Fra Angelico a famous Medieval artist and his contribution to Medieval art:
Country of Origin / Nationality: Italian
Fra Angelico was originally named Guido di Pietro. He took the name Giovanni da Fiesole when he became a friar but he is famous as Fra Angelico which means the "Angelic Friar".
Fra Angelico is also known as Beato Angelico meaning the "Blessed Angelic One"
Lifetime: 1395 - 1455
Born: Fra Angelico was born in 1395 in Vicchio, in the Tuscan province of Mugello, near Florence
Fra Angelico is referred to as a Florentine Painter
Family connections : He was the son of wealthy parents
Childhood, early life and education: Before becoming a friar, Guido di Pietro (Fra Angelico) and his brother were trained as manuscript makers and illuminators
Career and Timeline:
1395: Fra Angelico was born as Guido di Pietro in 1395 in Vicchio, in the Tuscan province of Mugello, near Florence
Guido di Pietro (Fra Angelico) requested admittance at the convent of San Domenico in Florence when he was a young boy
1418: Fra Angelico completed his novitiate in Cortona
1418: Fra Angelico entered a Dominican monastery in Fiesole and became a friar which required that he changed his name. He took the name Giovanni da Fiesole
1418: Fra Angelico began his career as an illuminator of religious books but was instructed to undertake fresco painting
1420: Fra Angelico started the Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magi painting
1425 -1430: Fra Angelico painted Noli Me Tangere, Lamentation, Annunciation, Crucified Christ with Saint John the Evangelist, the Virgin, and Saints Dominic and Jerome, the Nativity, Transfiguration, Mocking of Christ with the Virgin and Saint Dominic, Christ Resurrected and the Mary's at the Tomb, Coronation of the Virgin and the Presentation in the Temple painting
1430: Fra Angelico painted the Saint Anthony the Abbott Tempted by a Lump of Gold painting
1434: Fra Angelico painted the Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece from San Domenico
1436: Fra Angelico was transferred to the Dominican convent of S. Marco in Florence
1438 -1440: Fra Angelico painted the San Marco Altarpiece
1445: Fra Angelico was invited to Rome by the pope Eugenius IV
1447: Fra Angelico painted the Chapel of San Brizio with detail of Christ Seated in Judgment painting
1450: Fra Angelico became Prior of the convent of San Marco and later Archbishop of Florence
1450 - 1455: Fra Angelico painted Saint Lawrence Giving Alms, The Ordination of Saint Lawrence, the Stoning of Saint Stephen painting and Saint Lawrence Receiving the Treasures of the Church from Pope Sixtus II
Fra Angelico died on February 18, 1455 in Rome
Fra Angelico patron: Cosimo de Medici
Died: Fra Angelico died on February 18, 1455 in Rome
Fra Angelico was buried in the church of S. Maria sopra Minerva
1982: Fra Angelico was canonized by Pope John Paul II
Accomplishments and Achievements or why Fra Angelico was famous: an artist of the Medieval Florentine of the Middle Ages. Fra Angelico specialised in pietistic painting (demonstratively religious art).
The most famous works of art by Fra Angelico are the Annunciation , The Madonna and Saints and the Transfiguration of Christ painting.
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