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Workshop of Fra Angelico, 'The Vision of the Dominican Habit', about 1430-40

Key facts
Full title The Vision of the Dominican Habit
Artist Workshop of Fra Angelico
Artist dates active 1417; died 1455
Date made about 1430-40
Medium and support Egg tempera on wood
Dimensions 24.4 × 32.3 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Sir Charles Archer Cook, 1919
Inventory number NG3417
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Vision of the Dominican Habit
Workshop of Fra Angelico

This little scene was once hidden on the inside of a cupboard door – damage on the left hand border shows that there was once a door hinge there. Its reverse – the front of the door – is decorated with abstract patterns.

The story tells how the Blessed Reginald, once the dean to the Bishop of Orleans, became a Dominican friar (a member of the religious order founded by Saint Dominic). Saint Dominic is shown on the right of the column, praying before a vision of the Virgin Mary and two beautiful young women. He is praying for the speedy recovery of Reginald, shown to the left in his sickbed.

The Virgin Mary and the two women also appeared to Reginald and healed him with ointment. They offer him the habit of the Dominican Order which he accepted, joining them.

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