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

Sacra Conversazione (detail)

c. 1443
Fresco
Convento di San Marco, Florence

The picture shows the left side of the Madonna of the Shadows. On the left, St Dominic engages the beholder's gaze, directing it to his book. The text, which has no known source in his writings, is an exhortation to the friars: "Have charity, preserve humility, possess voluntary poverty. I call forth God's curse and mine on the introduction of possessions into this Order." St Dominic stands at a distance from St Mark, as well as from Sts Cosmas and Damian to whom the convent was jointly dedicated.