" "Neither earth nor rock could have held the Cross, nor could the Cross of nails have held God’s only-begotten Son, had not love held him fast.” – St. Catherine of Siena

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Visual Fuel For Contemplation - Fra Angelico

Some of us employ words to fuel our contemplation. Others like early Renaissance painter, Fra Angelico (Blessed John of Fiesole 1395-1455), whose feast day we Dominicans celebrate today, used paint brushes to nourish hungry souls.



1- (The Nativity)


2-(The Crucifixion)
3 - (The Christ Crucified)
                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                          

4- (Lamentation)
                                                               
                        
His depiction of our Father Dominic in many of these scenes is a reminder of where we should also fruitfully place ourselves during times of meditation and contemplation.

And of course, we need to spend time with our Blessed Mother:

5- (The Madonna and Child)
                                                        
Fra Angelico pray for us!

(Sources: 1 and 2: Convent of San Marco, Florence; Images 3 and 4:Wikimedia Commons; and Image 5:Staatliche Museen, Berlin)

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