The tiny Cappella Niccolina is located in one of the oldest parts of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. It was built for Pope Nicholas V (r. 1447-55), who used it as his own private chapel.
Nicholas V commissioned the Florentine artist Fra Angelico (c. 1395-1455) to paint the frescoes in the chapel, which depict scenes from the lives of St. Stephen (upper level) and St. Lawrence (lower level).
Fra Angelico, who was born Guido di Pietro, was a Dominican monk as well as a painter. He died in Rome on February 18th, 1455, and was buried in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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