Artists / Blessed Fra Angelico, 1387–1455,
Feast Day: February 18
Born Guido di Pietro in Tuscany, Italy, Fra Angelico became a Dominican monk in Florence. Believing that one must be Christlike to visually depict Christ, he lived a truly Christian life, living humbly and nursing the sick. He meditated and prayed before beginning his paintings, which are considered among the greatest works in art history. He earned the title “Blessed Brother Angel” because of the beauty of his work and the beauty of his soul.