Theology in Paint
Blessed John (Giovanni) of Fiesole (1395-1455), celebrated in art history as the painter Fra Angelico, and commemorated in the liturgy of the Dominican Order on February 18, was a priest who preached through images, as well as through the spoken word and his holy way of life. Let us look at one of his masterpieces, the fresco of the Annunciation, in the cloister of San Marco in Florence.
A great painting reflects divine providence. As nothing escapes the divine governance of creation, so nothing in the painting escapes the artist’s mastery; nothing is merely incidental. As in beautiful music, every note