Fra Angelico painted an elaborate altarpiece for the church of San Domenico (St. Dominic) in Fiesole early in his career, i.e., during the 1420s. 


It was unfortunately much modified by the artist Lorenzo di Credi in 1501.
The triptych was modernized by Lorenzo di Credi in 1501 and the older frame was dismantled and replaced.  

In about 1827, sections of the dismantled frame were sold.  The National Gallery, London, at that time acquired the five-panel predella, which shows Christ in Heaven surrounded by angels, prophets, saints and honored members of the Dominican order. 


1: Main panel: center section; two side sections.
2: Pilaster panels;
3: Predella.  

Predella: Christ Glorified and the Heavenly Court (5 panels)
All five panels are located in the National Gallery, London.

Question: Frame roundels?

1:  Main Panel



Virgin and Child with angels, four saints
1424-30 (or 1428-30?)
212 x 237 cm (6' 11" x 7' 9") (entire triptych)

Sts Thomas Aquinas, Barnabus
Virgin & Child (and angels)
Sts. Dominic and Peter Martyr.

San Domenico, Fiesole

Aiwaz:  Info page
             Larger image

WGA:  Info page (central panel only)
           (1428-30)








Proposed reconstructions

Reconstruction! --
http://sandomenicodifiesole.op.org/dipinti%20assenti/DIP_ASS_Ang_Tritt.htm





 

2: Pilaster Panels

(Pilasters? Note: check Duke's auction catalog for proper term.)



   St. Nicholas of Bari
Private collection
(Q: Fondation Rau, Marseilles?)

WGA: info page;
          large image
St. Michael
Private collection
(Q: Fondation Rau, Marseilles?)

WGA: info page;
          large image
  
  St. Mark 
Musée Condé
Chantilly, France

WGA: info page;
          large image
St. Matthew
Musée Condé
Chantilly, France

WGA: info page;
          large image
  


3: Predella (5 panels)

far left middle-left center middle-right far-right

The predella shows Christ in Glory surrounded by more than 250 prophets, saints and beatified Dominicans.  Its five panels are owned by the National Gallery, London.

                   Predella: Christ Glorified and the Heavenly Court (5 panels)
                   All five panels are located in the National Gallery, London. 

Entire:  32 x 244 cm. (1' 1" x 8')   

More information is at The five panels, from left to right:
- Q:  Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven).  /   "heavenly host" ?
Dominican saints and blesseds; forerunners, etc.

This predella is examined in greater detail on a different page


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Possible: Roundels
Possible:  Roundels  (Move to Froundels?? Check Kanter book, etc.) 
Roundel or tondo? (Met Museum: tondo)

These two roundels are believed to have occupied the top of the left framing pilaster of the San Domenico high altarpiece.  St. Romulus would have been on the front face of the pilaster, and Saint Alexander set at right angles to it on the outside, lateral face. Romulus and Alexander were patron saints of Fiesole.

St. Romulus
National Gallery, London

The execution of this roundel has sometimes been given to Fra Angelico's workshop.

NGL:  info page;
          large image
          zoom image


WGA: info page;
          large image



St. Alexander
15.9 x 15.6 cm. (6-1/4" x 6-1/8")
c. 1420
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City

This figure has been identified as John Chrysostom by one scholar (Strehlke), and as Alexander by another (Gardner von Teuffel).

Metropolitan Museum: info page;
                                    large image;
                                    zoom image

Metropolitan Museum (TOAH): info page;
                                                large image

(Nice: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/images/hb/hb_1991.27.2.jpg

WGA: info page;
          large image