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2019 - 09 - 23

The delicate artistry of Fra Angelico is now a part of the Menarini Art Series

A Monograph on the life and works of the Friar was presented in Florence

Fra Giovanni da Fiesole, known to the world as Fra Angelico, "Angelic friar”, truly believed that each brush stroke came from divine inspiration and that his paintings would help to save the souls of the faithful. This year Menarini enriched its historic art series by dedicating a volume to the Patron Saint of artists: Fra Angelico.

Fra Angelico was a Dominican Friar and Renaissance painter. Most of his paintings, known for their bright colours and delicate brush strokes, were created in Florence, in the Convent of San Marco, and it was just a few steps away from the place where the friar and artist lived that Menarini presented the monograph dedicated to him.

On 22nd September, in the Aula Magna of the University of Florence, Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the author Renzo Villa presented the volume, published by Menarini with Pacini Editore, which describes the life and works of the Artist Friar.

“Fra Angelico is one of the most important and poetic painters of the 15th Century. Fra Angelico perfectly describes the sweetness which is so emblematic of his style. It is a great benefit to us all that both the artist and his works are made known to the general public thanks to this volume created by Menarini”, stated Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery. “This book, brimming with news, is coming out just days after the closing of the spectacular Fra Angelico exhibition held at the Prado Museum. Right here in Florence you may find the San Marco Museum, where Fra Angelico lived and that now houses most of his masterpieces. Personally - and I can now be completely frank, seeing as the proposal to bring together San Marco Museum and the Uffizi was called off a few days ago - I can say that it is one of the most beautiful museums in the world and I gladly take this opportunity and the presentation of this interesting volume, to invite you all to visit the Museum and admire its treasures".

“Both this volume on Fra Angelico, which renews Menarini’s artistic tradition, and the multimedia project, Menarini Pills of Art, bring younger people closer to art”, said Lucia and Alberto Giovanni Aleotti, Menarini Board Members and Company shareholders. “You can view these short videos, where art experts comment interesting facts on some of the great works featured in our artist monographs, in seven different languages on the Menarini website”.

To see all the Menarini Pills of Art please visit: Menarini Pills of Art

Presentazione del volume d'arte Menarini, 'Beato Angelico' - da sinistra il presidente di Menarini Eric Cornut, il CEO di Menarini Elcin Barker Ergun, Alberto Giovanni Aleotti e Lucia Aleotti, membri del Board di Menarini

From the left: Eric Cornut (Menarini Chairman), Elcin Barker Ergun (Menarini CEO), Alberto Giovanni Aleotti e Lucia Aleotti (Menarini Board Members)

Presentazione del volume d'arte Menarini, 'Beato Angelico' - da sinistra Eric Cornut (Presidente di Menarini), Alberto Giovanni Aleotti (membro del Board di Menarini), Elcin Barker Ergun (CEO di Menarini), Lucia Aleotti (membro del Board di Menarini), Eike Schmidt (direttore delle Gallerie degli Uffizi), Marilena Tamassia (direttore del Museo di San Marco) e Renzo Villa (autore del volume d'arte 'Beato Angelico')

From the left: Eric Cornut (Menarini Chairman), Alberto Giovanni Aleotti (Menarini Board Member), Elcin Barker Ergun (Menarini CEO), Lucia Aleotti (Menarini Board Member), Eike Schmidt (Uffizi Galleries Director), Marilena Tamassia (San Marco Museum Director) e Renzo Villa (author of the Menarini monograph "Fra Angelico")

Menarini monograph Beato Angelico

Menarini's monograph, "Beato Angelico"

Menarini monografia Beato Angelico - Eike Schmidt Direttore Gallerie degli Uffizi

The Director of Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt

Menarini monografia Beato Angelico - Marilena Tamassia Direttore Museo San Marco

The Director of San Marco Museum, Marilena Tamassia

Menarini monografia Beato Angelico - Renzo Villa autore

The author of the Menarini monograph "Fra Angelico", Renzo Villa

Menarini monografia Beato Angelico Valeria Speroni Cardi Elcin Barker Ergun Alberto Giovanni Aleotti

From the left: Valeria Speroni Cardi (Menarini Corporate Press & Media Relations Director), Elcin Barker Ergun (Menarini CEO) e Alberto Giovanni Aleotti (Menarini Board member)