art by Arlene Kim Suda

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fra angelico

Posted on April 4, 2013 by aks
The Annunciation (c. 1440), Fra Angelico, Museo di San Marco, Florence

The Annunciation (c. 1440), Museo di San Marco, Florence

I’m off to a slow start in 2013.  I have several projects I’m exploring and am having a hard time finding my way…but it feels good to be starting even if it is already April. I’m constantly searching for new inspiration and am planning to explore 3-4 painters/paintings each month this year. Fra Angelico has been on my mind recently — so for this month, I’m picking the theme:  Old Italy

Fra Angelico is a painter I relate to because I can imagine him lovingly and patiently painting his art. He is noted for the way he captures the quiet stillness of holy scenes (especially of the Virgin Mary) which come to you almost like a prayer or meditation.

I’m learning that I’m very drawn to contrasts and I love that he captures both a flatness and depth in his work. In this painting, The Annunciation (c. 1440), he captures a 3-dimensional space while the figures are still decorated with very flat patterns on the halos and on the wings of Gabriel. His works are some of my all time favorites of The Annunciation. It was a gift to find references on Fra Angelico on Wikipedia…I had no idea that he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982!

When singing my praise, don’t liken my talents to those of Apelles.
Say, rather, that, in the name of Christ, I gave all I had to the poor.
The deeds that count on Earth are not the ones that count in Heaven.
I, Giovanni, am the flower of Tuscany.
translation from his epitaph