New Publication: Fra Angelico: Painter, Friar, Mystic, by Timothy Verdon

A lavishly illustrated exploration of the art and theology of Fra Angelico.

Beato Angelico offers a unique encounter with the celebrated painter, Fra Angelico, seen through the eyes of Monsignor Timothy Verdon.  As an art historian and (like Angelico) a Catholic priest, Monsignor Verdon approaches the work of the only artist ever beatified through the theological lens it deserves, bringing together Fra Angelico’s art and his faith.

Praised by his contemporaries, by later art historians, and by generations of viewers, Fra Angelico’s art is known for its exceptional combination of piety and painterly skill.  In this book, Monsignor Verdon explores the spiritual and mystical foundations of the friar-painter’s work, and traces his artistic evolution from his early work, to the frescoes for the covent of San Marco in Florence, his Annunciations, and the chapel for Pope Niccolò V.

Lavishly illustrated with over 200 high-quality images, Beato Angelico illuminates Fra Angelico’s art and his faith.

Monsignor Timothy Verdon was born in the U.S. and educated at Yale University (Ph.D. 1975) and has lived in Italy for over 50 years. He is the Director of the Diocesan Office of Sacred Art and Church Cultural Heritage and the Museo dell’Operal del Duomo and a Canon of the Cathedral in Florence. He is also a Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and currently teaches in the Florence Program of Stanford University.

Order the book here.

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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