Was one of Fra Angelico’s patrons the Medici family?

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  • Fra Angelico was commissioned by Cosimo de’Medici to paint the frescoes and rebuild the alter pieces in the monastery of San Marco.

    Source(s): Didi-Huberman, Georges. Fra Angelico: Dissemblance and Figuration. University of Chicago Press, . ISBN — Discussion of how Fra Angelico challenged Renaissance naturalism and developed a technique to portray “unfigurable” theological ideas.

    Gilbert, Creighton, How Fra Angelico and Signorelli Saw the End of the World, Penn State Press, ISBN —

    Spike, John T. Angelico, New York, .

    Supino, J. B., Fra Angelico, Alinari Brothers, Florence, undated, from Project Gutenberg

  • Since many of his works appear in Florence where he worked as a Member of the clergy, he would at least have been ‘indirectly’ sponsored by the Medici family as they poured wealth and influence into the Church during their heyday.

    That said, Cosimo de’ Medici had a close relationship with Angelico. This was while Angelico and others were engaged in restoring the Dominican Monastery of San Marco.

    Source(s): Cross, F. L. and E. A. Livingstone (eds) – The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. New York: Oxford University Press: , p.
    Schevill, Ferdinand – The Medici. New York: Konecky and Konecky: , p. –

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