Fra Angelico and the Rise of the Florentine Renaissance at Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, May 28 – September 15, 2019

“Fra Angelico and the Rise of the Florentine Renaissance, an exhibition sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, analyses the artistic importance of the early Florentine Renaissance between approximately 1420 to 1430, with a particular focus on the figure of Fra Angelico, one of the great masters of this period. 

The exhibition, which includes 82 works loaned by more than 40 institutions in Europe and America, centres on The Annunciation in the collection of the Museo del Prado, which is now presented in all its splendour following its recent restoration. Shown alongside it are The Virgin of the Pomegranate, which recently entered the Museum’s collection, and an extensive group of works by the artist and by other painters of this period such as Masaccio, Masolino and Filippo Lippi, as well as sculptors including Donatello and Ghiberti.” — Museo Nacional del Prado  

FRA ANGELICO. Annunciation and Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, c. 1425–26. Tempera and gold on panel, 190.3 x 191.5 cm. © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

FRA ANGELICO. Virgin of the Pomegranate, c. 1424–25. Tempera and gold on panel, 87 × 59 cm. © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Adquired in 2016 with the collaboration of Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado

FRA ANGELICO. Eighteen Blessed of the Dominican Order Panels from the San Domenico High Altarpiece in Fiesole, c. 1419 and c. 1421–22. Tempera and gold on panel. © The National Gallery, London. Bought, 1860

FRA ANGELICO. Virgin and Child, with Four Angels, c. 1417–19. Tempera and gold on panel, 81 x 51 cm. © The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

FRA ANGELICO. Coronation of the Virgin, with the Adoration of the Christ Child and Six Angels, c. 1429-31. Tempera and gold on panel, 77 x 43 cm. © Polo Museale della Toscana, Museo di San Marco, Florence

PAOLO UCCELLO. Annunciation, c. 1424-25. Tempera and gold on panel, 65 x 48 cm. University of Oxford, © The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Fox-Strangways Gift, 1850

DONATELLO. Virgin of the Pomegranate, c. 1420–25. Polychromed terracotta, 90 x 64 x 28 cm. © Musei Civici Fiorentini, Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence

Exhibition was curated by Carl Brandon Strehlke, Curator Emeritus at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a renowned expert on Fra Angelico and other Florentine Renaissance painters.

Title Image: Installation view of the exhibition galleries. Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado.

Images courtesy Museo Nacional del Prado.