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

Missal 558 (Folio 21)

c. 1430
Tempera and gold on parchment
Museo di San Marco, Florence

The picture shows a detail of a page (folio 21) of Missal 558. It depicts the Conversion of St Paul.

A light from heaven appears to Paul and the voice of Christ asks why He is persecuted by him. Paul is shown here lying on the ground, in a rather unrealistically relaxed pose, with Damascus, his destination, in the background represented as a town wall of simple geometric forms rendered in ambiguous perspective. A cross-shaped halo identifies the foreshortened figure in the mandorla as Christ.




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