Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Feast Day of Fra Angelico, Renaissance Master

Today is the Feast Day of Blessed Fra Angelico, the famous Renaissance painter (1395-1455). I have always been a great fan of this master Dominican painter. Whenever I visit Rome I make it a point to visit his tomb in the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the only Gothic-style church in the city.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica has a comprehensive article on him and his role in the history of Western art. See also the article from the Catholic Encyclopedia NewAdvent.org.

Very few artists are remembered for both artistic genius and exceptional moral virtue. What a remarkable man he was!


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