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

Missal 558 (Folio 67v)

c. 1430
Tempera and gold on parchment, 475 x 350 mm
Museo di San Marco, Florence

Some eighteen pages of the San Marco Missal 558, kept in the Museo di San Marco in Florence, bear illuminations by Angelico's hand and a further eleven those by other members of his workshop. This picture shows a page (folio 67 verso) from the Missal. It depicts the Glorification of St Dominic.

St Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, stands within a golden mandorla (oval panel) in the habit of a Dominican, eight angels surrounding him, the four uppermost glorifying him in music. Below the mandorla to the right are the saint's iconographic emblems: the star and the dog with a torch in its mouth, here shown as a jet of flame. The solid modelling of St Dominic is repeated in the sculptural qualities of the four saints who appear in the roundels sprouting out of the initial I. In the fifth roundel St Dominic is shown greeting his contemporary, St Francis of Assisi.