Fiesole (1418-1436)


Angelico entered a Dominican convent in Fiesole in 1418 and became a friar using the name Giovanni da Fiesole. Although his teacher is unknown, he apparently began his career as an illuminator of missals and other religious books.



[Done at Fiesole???

In S. Domenico, Fiesole, a few frescoes, less fine than those in S. Marco;

also an altarpiece in tempera of the Virgin and Child between Saints Peter, Thomas Aquinas, Dominic and Peter Martyr, now much destroyed.

The subject which originally formed the predella of this picture has, since 1860, been in the National Gallery, London, and worthily represents there the hand of the saintly painter. The subject is a Glory, Christ with the banner of the Resurrection, and a multitude of saints, including at the extremities the saints or beati of the Dominican order; here are no fewer than 266 figures or portions of figures, many of them having names inscribed. This predella was highly lauded by Vasari;

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Louvre:  still more highly another picture which used to form an altarpiece in Fiesole, and which now obtains world-wide celebrity in the Louvre -- the "Coronation of the Virgin", with eight predella subjects of the miracles of St. Dominic [??].

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