Filippino Lippi

By: Katelynn Avallone

Filippino Lippi Biography

Filippino Lippi, the son of Fra Filippo Lippi, was born in 1459 in Prato, Italy. Filippo Lippi spent the majority of his life studying and painting throughout Italy. His education of learning the art of painting started at a very young age, by his father, the talented Fra Filippo Lippi. Once his father died in 1469, his father's assistance, Fra Diamante, continued teaching Filippino the art. By 1472, Filippino Lippi became a student of Botticelli in Florence. Throughout Filippino's life, his art changes as his influence grows. The more he experience and studied art, the more his art styler changed. One of his main patron was Lorenzo de' Medici. Filippino painted frescoes in the villas of Poggio a Caiano and Spedaletto, the latter in tandem with Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and Perugino. Filippino Lippi is mostly related to humanism and realism out of all of the -isms. Humanism shows his figures follow a Botticellesque canon of wistful beauty. The realism of Filippino is how his paintings relay the beauty of the accurate world around him. Below are a few of filippino Lippi's most popular arts that show both humanism and realism.

Madonna and Child

In 1485, Filippino Lippi created Madonna and Child. This treasured piece of art is held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York. The Madonna and Child was painted with tempera pigments, oil, and gold on wood, and shows a lot humanism. An example of humanism in this piece of art is how it shows how talented humans are, by showing a baby reading while eating pomegranates. This painting shows a woman holding her child, while the baby reads a book, and the mother and son share a pomegranate. I find this piece of art so interesting because the young child is reading, and at that age most babies are not able to read yet.


"Filippino Lippi." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.