Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fra Angelico

Triptych of The Perugia Altarpiece (Perugia 1437 det. top left)
tempera on panel
Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria of Perugia, Italy

Fra Angelico (c. 1395 - 1455) was an Early Italian Renaissance painter described as having "a rare and perfect talent".  The name Fra Angelico means "Angelic Brother." His art stands as an important link between the first and later generations of Renaissance painting in Florence. In 1982 Pope John Paul II conferred beatification, in recognition of the holiness of his life.

"The Perugia Altarpiece" is a painting housed in the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria of Perugia, Italy. The painting was executed for the St. Nicholas Chapel in the Basilica of San Domenico, Perugia. The predella panels portray scenes of the Life of St. Nicholas.
The work includes a large central panel, depicting the Madonna Enthroned with Child and Angels, and the two side panels, each forming two arched sub-panels and including a figure of saint. This painting is a part of the upper left side panel.
In the early 19th century, it was split and partially dispersed, and some of the predella panels were acquired by the Pinacoteca Vaticana.