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Musee Jacquemart Andre Opens Fra Angelico and the Masters of Light

The Musée Jacquemart-André presents Fra Angelico and the Masters of Light, on view 2011-09-23 to the 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), The Coronation of the Virgin, 1434-1435, tempera on wood, 114 × 113 cm, Uffizi Gallery, Firenze © 2010. Photo Scala, Florence – courtesy of the Ministero Beni e Att. Culturali

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).

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