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Painting of the Week: The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs

The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs, along with four other panels, formed the predella (or lower section) of the high altarpiece of San Domenico at Fiesole, near Florence.

This was the church of Fra Angelico’s own Dominican friary.

The three rows represent the various precursors of Christ—saints and martyrs.

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Artist: Fra Angelico

Year: circa 1395–1455

Location: The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs is in the National Gallery, London, UK

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