San Marco, Florence (1436-1445) 

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10:  San Marco, Florence (1436-1445)  In 1436 Fra Angelico was one of a number of the friars from Fiesole who moved to the newly-built Friary of San Marco in Florence.  

11:  While there he painted the San Marco Altarpiece and

12:  frescoed the walls of many of the cells in the friars' dormitory. 

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San Marco Decade (1436-1445) (acc to Kanter book): 

1436-41:  Lamentation (MSM)

c. 1437: Perugia Altarpiece (with St. Nicholas predella)

San Marco Frescoes:

Ground floor (4 lunettes; St. Dom & Cross; Chap. Crucifixion)

First floor: Cells (30+?)

[First floor: Corridor:  St. Dominic??] 

San Marco Altarpiece (Sts. Cosmas and Damian predellla)

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(Who?) --

[San Marco altarpiece? 

San Marco:  in 1436 he was transferred to the Dominican convent of S. Marco in Florence, and in 1438 undertook to paint the altarpiece for the choir, followed by many other works;

[he may have studied about this time the renowned frescoes in the Brancacci chapel in the Florentine church of the Carmine and also the paintings of Orcagna.


the altarpiece which Angelico painted (as before mentioned) for the choir connected with this convent, and which is now in the academy of Florence; it represents the Virgin with Saints Cosmas and Damian (the patrons of the Medici family), Dominic, Peter, Francis, Mark, John Evangelist and Stephen; the pediment illustrated the lives of Cosmas and Damian, but it has long been severed from the main subject.




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Around 1443 Fra Angelico and his assistants created fifty frescoes for their new monastery of San Marco in Florence. His simple, clean style, which packed great emotion through its humanity and restraint, served his purposes: to teach or encourage contemplation.


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In Florence, in the convent of S. Marco (now converted into a national museum), a series of frescoes, beginning towards 1443;

in the first cloister is the Crucifixion with St. Dominic kneeling; and the same treatment recurs on a wall near the dormitory; in the chapterhouse is a third Crucifixion, with the Virgin swooning, a composition of twenty life-sized figures -- the red background, which has a strange and harsh effect, is the misdoing of some restorer;

an "Annunciation", the figures of about three-fourths of life-size, in a dormitory;

in the adjoining passage, the "Virgin enthroned", with four saints;

on the wall of a cell, the "Coronation of the Virgin", with Saints Paul, Thomas Aquinas, Benedict, Dominic, Francis and Peter Martyr;

two Dominicans welcoming Jesus, habited as a pilgrim;

an "Adoration of the Magi";

the "Marys at the Sepulchre."