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artbyjune
06-01-2011, 09:55 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2011/106623-Madonna.jpg

Madonna.


WELCOME TO CLASSICAL ARTISTS, A-Z.

This month we are looking at the work of Fra Angelico.

artbyjune
06-01-2011, 09:56 AM
:clap:

Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro) was a Dominican friar whose work and piety was so admired by the others in his order, they nicknamed him ‘Angelico’.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra_Angelico (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra_Angelico)

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fra_Angelico (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fra_Angelico)

http://www.abcgallery.com/A/angelico/angelico.html (http://www.abcgallery.com/A/angelico/angelico.html)


He painted altar pieces and frescoes. His early works are small scale and suggest he may have started his art-life as an illuminator of religious manuscripts. He used egg tempera on wooden panel and pigments on wet plaster walls.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempera)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresco)


He is credited with inventing the sacra conversazione, which places the figures in a painting close to one another as if in conversation.



Project aims: or what you may like to do.


read about his life and look at his art works
post any interesting sites or information
practical work of your own: copy fra Angelico’s works that you admire, do your own interpretation of a sacred scene inspired by fra Angelico’s method.
Looking forward to your posts.

;)

artbyjune
06-01-2011, 09:59 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2011/106623-altarpiece,_st_peter.jpg

Altarpiece for St Peters


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2011/106623-san_marco.jpg

Altar piece for san Marco.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2011/106623-crucifixion.jpg

Crucifixion.

:wave:

artbyjune
06-01-2011, 10:01 AM
P.S. You can use any medium for your art works! Including digital methods. All welcome.

trafford
06-02-2011, 05:06 AM
This looks like a good one, June. :heart:

artbyjune
06-03-2011, 12:47 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2011/106623-myangelicolandb1a6k.jpg

I did this study-copy today. The background scenery in a work by Fra Angelico, The beheading of saints Cosmas and Damian. My copy is acrylics, around 8 by 10 ins., on paper.

I was mainly interested in the hills/mountains. So I left the people out!!


I don't know anything about the story behind this martyrdom, but I might go and look it up now.;)

artbyjune
06-03-2011, 12:54 PM
I found this link to the martyrdom of Cosmas and Damian.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cosmas_and_Damian

They are the patron saints of physicians, having been doctors before being beheaded for their faith. They are credited with the first transplanting/grafting of a leg. They tended to the sick for no payment. Interesting story!

trafford
06-04-2011, 12:33 PM
Like your landscape very much. It really stands on its own. New paintings from old.

Here is an ink and watercolor inspired by Madonna and Child with Saints.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2011/42757-angelico1.JPG

Am going to try some more...maybe doing little bits of scenes. :heart:

azulparsnip
06-08-2011, 05:12 PM
I'm thrilled!!! I'd been yearning to do some more iconic type stuff. Yippee!

azulparsnip
06-08-2011, 05:15 PM
June - that landscape is way cool!

Janet - that Madonna is so confident - I'm guessing He knows how to swim? teehee

artbyjune
06-11-2011, 02:55 AM
Hi Janet, I love the Madonna. Interetsing new background too. Good idea to do just little bits from these works. I may do some figures next.

Hi Robin. I agree, the icons are lovely to work from.

artbyjune
06-19-2011, 09:49 AM
A study of one of Fra Angelico's figures in 'the naming of John' painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2011/106623-mynaming1a6k.jpg

I did this figure in watercolour over wet gesso. Its about 6 by 8 ins.

trafford
06-19-2011, 10:46 AM
Like your figure, June....water color over gesso...hmmm must try that. also, that's a neat signature....:heart:

trafford
06-21-2011, 07:29 AM
I stole the angels from the first painting and collaged them. Colored paper and gold acrylic:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jun-2011/42757-two_angels_angelico.JPG

artbyjune
07-01-2011, 02:28 AM
The collage works really well for making interesting patterns on the angels dresses, Janet. Neat idea!! This would be great as a Christmas card.

Makes me feel like doing some collage..

azulparsnip
07-03-2011, 01:28 PM
are we going another month on this one??? (I hope)