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The cloister of the Convent of San Marco in Florence
In 1436, when the artist and Dominican friar Fra Angelico moved to the newly constructed convent of San Marco in Florence, he was commissioned by rich and powerful Cosimo de’ Medici, who had his own cell there, to decorate the convent.
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Fra Angelico's frescoes in the friars' cells were aids to prayer and meditation.
The brother who lived in this cell would have had leisure to contemplate this fresco of the Crucifixion with the Virgin, Mary Magdalene and St. Dominic.
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Fra Angelico's 'Crucifixion with St. Dominic Flagellating Himself,' Cell 20
Fra Angelico's 'Annunciation,' Cell 3
Fra Angelico's 'Presentation of Jesus in the Temple,' Cell 10
Fra Angelico's 'Crucifixion with the Virgin, Mary Magdalene and St. Dominic' (Cell 25)
Fra Angelico's 'Noli me tangere' ("Don't cling to me"), Cell 1
Fra Angelico's 'Mocking of Christ,' (Cell 7)
Fra Angelico's 'Transfiguration,' Cell 6
Fra Angelico's 'Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb,' Cell 8
Fra Angelico's 'Coronation of the Virgin,' Cell 9
Fra Angelico's 'Sermon on the Mount,' Cell 32
Fra Angelico's 'The Communion of the Apostles,' Cell 35
Fra Angelico's 'Piercing of Christ's Side,' Cell 42