Fra Angelico, born in 1395, was both a devout friar and an accomplished painter. Known as a pious man who painted religious subjects, he was born in Tuscany. He became a Dominican friar in 1425 and began painting altarpieces. He also painted many frescoes for the Dominican house in Florence, and the fresco of St. Peter’s Basilica. His most common subjects are Christ, Mary, and the saints, along with the Last Judgment and the Annunciation. John Paul II beatified him in 1982. He is the patron saint of artists. His feast day is February 18.
“He who does Christ’s work must stay with Christ always.” — Fra Angelico
Questions for Reflection
Fra Angelico used his artistic talents to pay tribute to the Church he loved. How can you use your talents to highlight things that are important to you?
Tip: This week, go to an art museum and learn more about the history of the paintings and why the artists painted them — this is a great way to get inspiration.