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How willingly we would escape the barriers which render them comparatively impotent, escape the sophistication and second thought, and suffer nature to intrance us.
So when radical Protestantism attacked the cult of images of the Roman church, smashing them by the thousands and accusing the pope of promoting idolatry--or when reform-minded Catholics attacked the apparently pagan sophistications of Michelangelo and his followers--Angelico's art was at hand to attest to the possibilities of good, sincere Christian craftsmanship, which taught the faith with all the suave blandishments of ornament.
Angelico's art embodied the urbane values of literary and courtly sophistication, characterized by grace and an effortless charm in which no painstaking effort was conspicuously invested; but his persona exemplified the otherworldliness of the saint and the mystic.