Fra Angelico 1387 – 1455

The Sermon on the Mount

fresco — 1436 - 1443 Museum Museo di San Marco, Florence

Fra Angelico biography

This work is linked to Matthew 5:2

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This is one of the frescoes Fra Angelico painted on the cell walls of the San Marco Convent, Florence. This one is in cell 32.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offers his interpretation of the Ten Commandments and other elements from the Old Testament. There is an obvious resemblance to Moses descending the mountain.

There is some symbolism in the colours in Jesus's clothes. The red is for blood and thus symbolizes his human side, while the blue symbolizes divinity.

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