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Fra Angelico

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Short Biography profile and facts about the life of Fra Angelico
The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life and history of Fra Angelico a famous Medieval character of the Middle Ages:

  • 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"
  • Lifespan: 1395 - 1455
  • Date of Birth: 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
  • 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  
  • Date of Death: 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 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).
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