|The Annunciation, c. 1436, Fra Angelico|
Legend has it that Fra Angelico very nearly became a saint. When called to Rome in 1445, Pope Eugene IV was in search of a new archbishop of Florence. He eventually chose the vicar of San Marco, Antonio Pierozzi. Two hundred years later, when Pierozzi was proposed for sainthood, it was revealed that the pope's first choice as archbishop of Florence was Fra Angelico, but that the painter's humility caused him to decline and instead suggest Pierozzi for the post. That's unfortunate. We painters could use a patron saint.