(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)
Virgin and Child with Sts Dominic and Thomas Aquinasc. 1445
Detached fresco transferred to canvas, 196 x 184 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
This fresco comes from the monastery of San Domenico da Fiesole, where Fra Angelico, a Dominican monk, was prior. After the monastery was closed in the 19th century this fresco was removed and sold. Originally the fresco was located at the top of the stairs leading to the dormitory.
Without pursuing the dynamic action and spatial depth sought by most of his contemporaries, Fra Angelico achieves a sculpture-like monumentality that links this artist with the refined intellectual Piero della Francesca.