Fra Angelico and the Masters of the Light Exhibition Opens

The Musée Jacquemart-André presents Fra Angelico and the Masters of Light, on view through 2012-01-09.

The Jacquemart-André Museum is the first French museum to pay tribute to Fra Angelico and reconsider this exceptional artist’s career. The exhibition will present nearly 25 major works by Fra Angelico and a similar number of panels painted by some of his prestigious contemporaries, such as Lorenzo Monaco, Masolino, Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi and Zanobi Strozzi.

Fra Angelico (1387-1455), Épisodes de la vie de saint Nicolas: la naissance, la vocation et le don aux trois jeunes filles pauvres, vers 1437 © 2011. Photo Scala, Florence

Fra Angelico (1387-1455) was a major player in Florence’s artistic and cultural revolution at the beginning of the 15th century. His work combines the golden lustre inherited from Gothic style with a new understanding of perspective. He initiated the artistic movement which specialists have named the “Peintres de la Lumière” (painters of light).

Alongside his works will be hung those of renowned painters who significantly influenced his work, such as his teacher Lorenzo Monaco (1370-1424), Masolino (1383-c. 1440) and Paolo Uccello (1397-1475), as well as artists that he inspired, such as Filippo Lippi (1406-1469) and Zanobi Strozzi (1412-1468).

The « Fra Angelico and the Masters of the Light » exhibition is being held in partnership with major Italian museums – including the Uffizi gallery – and internationnaly famous collections.

The « Fra Angelico and the Masters of the Light » exhibition is curated by Giovanna Damiani, surperintendant of the Museums of Venice, and Nicolas Sainte Fare Garnot, curator of the Jacquemart-André Museum. It is also supported by Cristina Acidini Luchinat, surperintendant of Florence Museums, Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, and Magnolia Scudieri, director of the San Marco Museum in Florence.

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