Fra Angelico shared a reverential attitude towards nature, peculiar to the ideology of the Renaissance, and always willingly wrote it. Thus, depicting the Virgin Mary in the “Annunciation”, ca. 1432 or the risen Christ in “Do not Touch Me,” ca. 1441, he places their figures on the background of the garden, lovingly prescribing in it every leaf of a tree and every flower.
Other elements of the landscape, found in the works of Fra Angelico, are the hills, forests and greenery of Tuscany. For example, the scene “Marriage of the Virgin Mary”, ca. 1432 unfolds against the backdrop of the Tuscan valley with the town of Castiglione Florentina rising on the horizon. This is the first landscape in the history of Italian painting, “tied” to a specific locality. Luciano Berti called this work “the first in the history of Italian painting painted from life picture.”