Fra Angelico  III
1387 -18.02.1455
 

Cappella Niccolina for Pope Nicholas V

 

For a brief biography, click here.

 

Pope Eugenius IV (Pope: 1437-1447) wished to decorate the small tower of Pope Innocent III (Pope:1198-1216) in the Vatican Palace as private chapel, dedicated to St. Stephen and St. Lawrence, and summoned Fra Angelico to Rome in 1445. Eugenius died 23rd February 1447 and his successor Pope Nicholas V continued this commission.

 

In 1449 the work was finished. Unlike the San Marco fresco’s, which were designed for devotional purposes of the Dominicans, these works in the Vatican portray narrative scenes from the lives of St. Stephen, the Archdeacon of Jerusalem, and St. Lawrence of Rome.

 


Philately


EM 113 A
 

The ordination of St. Stephen by St. Peter and St. Stephen distributing
of alms
. Fresco, 322 x 472 cm. 1447-1449.
Vaticano, Cappella Niccolina, Rome.

 

Italy 1955, Mi 953, Sc 702. On the stamp a detail of the distributing of alms.

  


 

 

EM 113 B

 

St. Stephen preaching and St. Stephen addressing
the
Shanhedrin. Fresco, 322 x 412 cm. 1447-1449.

Vaticano, Cappella Niccolina, Rome.  

Ajman 1972, Mi 1901The entire fresco. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The preaching of St. Stephen.

  

Vatican City 1995, Mi 449/50,
 Sc 588/89.
Maximum-cards.

 

 

Vatican City 2003, Mi 1455, Sc 1242.

 

 

 

On this stamp, after the restoration 2003, only the group of the women.

 


 

EM 113 C

 

The expulsion and stoning of St. Stephen. Fresco 322 x 473 cm.
1447-1`449.

Vaticano, Cappella Niccolina, Rome.

 

Vatican City 2003, Mi 1457. Sc 1244.

On this stamp only The Stoning of St. Stephen.

 

 


 

EM 113 D

 

Ordination of St. Lawrence by Pope St. Sixtus. Fresco, 271 x 197 cm.1447-1449.

Vaticano, Cappella Niccolina, Rome. 

On this stamp only the central part.

 

Vatican City 1953, Mi 233/34, Sc 795-96.

                   This stamp is Mi 233, Sc 795.

 

 

On the stamp of Vatican City 2003, after the restoration,
the entire fresco, situated in a  basilica with Corinthian columns.

The figure of the Pope has the features of Pope Nicholas V,
the patron. See Bartz, o.c. p.100.

 

Vatican City 2003, Mi 1454, Sc 1241.

 

 

 

 


 

EM 113 E

 

St. Lawrence receiving the treasures of the church from St. Sixtus.

Fresco, 271 x 205 cm. 1447-1449.

Vaticano, Cappella Niccolina, Rome.

 

Vatican City 1953, Mi 235-37, Sc 197-99. 
This stamp is Mi 237, Sc 199.
  Only Pope Sixtus II (257-258).

 

 


EM 113 F

St. Lawrence distributing of alms. Fresco, 271 x 205 cm.1447-1449. Vaticano, Cappella    Niccolina, Rome.

 

                  Italy 1955, Mi 954, Sc 703.

 

       On the stamp only the right-hand side
                 with four poor men.

  

Vatican City 2003. Postmark Rome 06.05.2003.

On the postmark the central part of the fresco: Lawrence distributing of alms.

 

 


 

EM 113 G

 

St. Lawrence before Valerianus and

Martyrdom of St. Lawrence, 1447-1449.

Fresco, 271 x 473 cm.

Vaticano, Cappella Niccolina, Rome.

 

Ajman 1972, Mi 1900, Bl 411A. Only the left-hand side.

 

 

   On the stamp only the left-hand side, reproduced after the  

   restoration  2003.

  

   Vatican City 2003, Mi 1456, Sc 1243.

 

 


 

EM 113 P Q R S
 

The four Evangelists. Ceiling fresco,1447-1449.

Vaticano, Cappella Niccolina, Rome.

 

Ajman 1972, Mi 1899. On this stamp only the four  Evangelists.   Iconography after Ezekiel 1, 5-10.

 

 

 

 

Vatican City 1971, Mi 590-93, Sc C55-58.

 

 

                                  Matthew - angel. Mark - lion. Luke - bull. John - eagle.

 



FRA ANGELICO  I     FRA ANGELICO  II     FRA ANGELICO IV

 

Return to  REGISTER A          Return to  HOMEPAGE