The saint for March 18
Blessed John da Fiesole (Fra Angelico)
Optional Memorial on Feb. 18
Dominican, Local, Roman Calendar

Born 1387
Died 1455, Rome
Beatified 1982

Born Guido di Pietro.He entered the Dominican order in 1407 at Fiesole, Italy, and took the name Fra Giovanni. He is also known as John (or Giovanni) da Fiesole, for this reason. Monastically trained as an illuminator, he showed great natural talent, and blossomed into an prolific artist of sacred subjects. So pure his intention and luminous his work, that he earned the name Fra Angelico, or angelic brother. For Fra Giovanni, his art was truly worship. The painting above, which depicts St. Dominic worshipping at the feet of the crucified Jesus, is traditionally thought to ba a facial self-portrait.
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