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

Lunette of the north wall

1447-49
Fresco, 322 x 412 cm
Cappella Niccolina, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican

The lunette represents two scenes: The Sermon of St Stephen; Dispute before the Sanhedrin.

On the left St Stephen preaches to an array of figures placed throughout the vista of space. To the right, in a chamber which is also embedded in the lefthand scene yet has a different perspective framework, he addresses the council. Here the depth of the picture is truncated by a blank wall hung with a curtain.