Fra Angelico

Florence circa 1395 - Rome 1455

Fra Angelico was born as Guido di Pietro in the vicinity of Florence. He is said to have joined the Dominican order in 1404 and was then given the official name of Fra Giovanni da Fiesole. As painter within this order, he used art for didactic ends: in his work, he visualised stories from the Bible. Because of this, he work had a simple and direct character. The only known works by the artist were commissioned by churches and monasteries. Fra Angelico died in Rome in 1455 and was buried in the Dominican church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.