(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)
Madonna of Mercy with Kneeling Friarsc. 1424
Tempera and gold on parchment, 475 x 350 mm
Museo di San Marco, Florence
The book of hymns for the Mass, that contains the sung portions of the Mass and the liturgy for the feast days of several saints, known as Messale 558, comprises 261 folios, thirty-six of which are embellished with large, decorated divinities in elaborate frames surrounded by brilliantly coloured vine scrolls. Many of them are by Fra Angelico, although another artist assisted him, confirming his establishment of a workshop in San Domenico in these early years.
The Madonna of Mercy is from Messale 558.