(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)

Linaioli Tabernacle (detail)

c. 1433
Tempera on wood, width: 20 cm
Museo di San Marco, Florence

The altarpiece called Linaioli Tabernacle was executed for the Arte dei Linaioli (Guild of Flaxmakers). The central panel depicting the Madonna and the Child is surrounded by a band of 20 cm width which contains 12 angels playing different musical instruments. This band can be seen only when the tabernacle is open. These angels are among the most famous and most popular paintings of Fra Angelico.