The Annunciation, c.1438-45 (fresco), Angelico, Fra (Guido di Pietro) (c.1387-1455) / Museo di San Marco dell'Angelico, Florence, Italy / The Bridgeman Art Library
Dominican monk Fra Angelico (1400 – 1455) expressively conveyed human emotions and a deep spirituality in his exceptional works. Born Giovanni da Fiesole in Italy, Angelico prayed before painting and only created religious works. The artistic leader of Florence throughout his career, Angelico conceived many early Renaissance trends, including receding perspective, Realism and underlying narrative. Utilizing exceptionally clear lines and colors, Angelico produced altarpieces, private devotional works, and frescoes intended to prompt contemplation and prayer. Angelico’s art is displayed worldwide at museums including Paris’ Louvre, Florence’s Museo di San Marco and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.