Baptism of Christ.
 Angelico, fra, ca. 1400-1455

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Title:Baptism of Christ
Notes:"Frescoes painted by Fra Angelico in monastic cells at the Dominican monastery of San Marco in Florence show scenes from Christ's life that are differently focused than those influenced by Franciscan piety. These are not "moving pictures," but posed scenes. Their purpose is not to arouse emotion, but to stimulate contemplation. Dominican monks appear in the sacred scenes, both observing and modeling the responses expected from the viewer. Meditation on these scenes was preparation for preaching vividly and persuasively on them. "De modo orandi," a thirteenth-century devotional manual for Dominican novices, instructed novices in the use of gestures and postures to accompany and intensify prayer, many of which are also found in the Dominican figures in Fra Angelico's paintings. The manual states, "specific states of mystical consciousness can be stimulated by deliberately assuming bodily postures" (Hood, 1993: 205). By imitating the founder of the Order, who himself imitated Christ, the novice could begin to preach with his life even before he was permitted to preach with words." (Miles, 221)
Artist:Angelico, fra, ca. 1400-1455
Building:San Marco (Church : Florence, Italy)

Scripture:Matthew 3:13-17
Mark 1:4-11
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Lectionary links:CEpip01
General Subject:Baptism of Christ
ICONCLASS Number:73C121

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Attribution:Angelico, fra, ca. 1400-1455. Baptism of Christ, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved October 25, 2016]. Original source:
Record Number:49585 Last Updated: 2012-01-31 14:05:16 Record Created: 2007-02-02 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Word made flesh: a history of Christian thought
Author:Miles, Margaret Ruth