Stephen J. Campbell

  • Fra Angelico

    A MERE THREE YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH IN 1455, Fra Angelico was described by a fellow friar as “the greatest master of painting in Italy.” But his afterlife depends on something more than a claim to pictorial mastery. The Florentine friar-painter was officially beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1984, meaning that the artist’s upcoming monographic show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York is not only his first in more than fifty years, but also the first such exhibition devoted to the work of a saint—or, at least, a near saint. (Artists in particular are encouraged to pray for his intercession.)