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06-01-2011, 10:55 AM
WELCOME TO CLASSICAL ARTISTS, A-Z.
This month we are looking at the work of Fra Angelico.
06-01-2011, 10:56 AM
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’.
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.
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.
06-01-2011, 10:59 AM
Altarpiece for St Peters
Altar piece for san Marco.
06-01-2011, 11:01 AM
P.S. You can use any medium for your art works! Including digital methods. All welcome.
06-02-2011, 06:06 AM
This looks like a good one, June. :heart:
06-03-2011, 01:47 PM
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.;)
06-03-2011, 01:54 PM
I found this link to the martyrdom of 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!
06-04-2011, 01:33 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.
Am going to try some more...maybe doing little bits of scenes. :heart:
06-08-2011, 06:12 PM
I'm thrilled!!! I'd been yearning to do some more iconic type stuff. Yippee!
06-08-2011, 06:15 PM
June - that landscape is way cool!
Janet - that Madonna is so confident - I'm guessing He knows how to swim? teehee
06-11-2011, 03:55 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.
06-19-2011, 10:49 AM
A study of one of Fra Angelico's figures in 'the naming of John' painting.
I did this figure in watercolour over wet gesso. Its about 6 by 8 ins.
06-19-2011, 11:46 AM
Like your figure, June....water color over gesso...hmmm must try that. also, that's a neat signature....:heart:
06-21-2011, 08:29 AM
I stole the angels from the first painting and collaged them. Colored paper and gold acrylic:
07-01-2011, 03:28 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..
07-03-2011, 02:28 PM
are we going another month on this one??? (I hope)
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