Canal March

Fiesole, Florence, Rome. The Power and Importance of Communication

José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos

After becoming a Dominican friar at the Monastery of San Domenico di Fiesole, Fra Angelico would continue to paint –with the collaboration of Benozzo Gozzoli– for private commissions. Under the patronage of Cosimo de’ Medici he painted the altarpiece and frescoes of San Marco in Florence, and subsequently travelled to Rome to decorate the Niccoline Chapel at the Vatican, at the request of Pope Nicholas V. After completing the decoration of the Armadio degli Argenti (Silver Chest) at the Santissima Annunziata in Florence, he was again summoned to Rome, where he died at the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in 1455. José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos, Professor of Art History, highlights the importance of the luminous colour that Fra Angelico brought to the Renaissance, and his significant influence on the French painter Jean Fouquet.

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