Blessed Fra Angelico (born Guido di Pietro; c. 1395 – February 18, 1455), was a Dominican priest and Early Renaissance painter. Giorgio Vasari, who wrote the Lives of the Artists said he had “a rare and perfect talent”. The virtue and the profound religious spirit which characterized the life of this artist and Dominican is reflected in his spirituality, his purity, and the luminosity of his art. Even before his official recognition as a blessed of the Church, he had been given by the faithful the title “Beato Angelico.” In a moving ceremony on October 18, 1984, Pope John Paul II, on his knees in front of Fra Angelico’s tomb, proclaimed him solemnly to be the universal patron of all artists.
Bl. Fra Angelico
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