Fra Filippo Lippi

By:Ella DiTomaso

Fra Filippo Lippi

Fra Filippo Lippi, a Renaissance artist, was born sometime in the year of 1406 in Florence Italy. Filippo Lippo spent most of his life and most of his time in Florence Italy. LIppi was adopted into the Medici family due to him being an orphan. He was taught in the Medici Monastery to learn and practice art.

Artist in the Making

He spent his childhood practicing art and when he became older he would slack off to get the inspiration to make beautiful art.. He would sneak out and sleep with random women he'd meet that night and do lousy things. The Medici family decided to keep him and let him keep on living there because he was still producing amazing art. He spent his days practicing and painting, getting his inspiration from many other talented artist.

Lippi's Art

Fra Filippo Lippi was a complexed artist. His surface design was very detailed. He mastered the art of illusion in his paintings of many. Lippi was also able to paint three-dimensional figures in his portraits and painting of holy people. He had a large workshop with servants to help him get his materials to paint. The three paintings below are Madonna and Child Enthroned With Two Angels,Portrait of a Woman With a Man at a Casement, and Annunciation. Two of the three paintings are religious because he was a very religious person. The other one was just a simple portrait showing off what he could do with his perspective skills. Lippi definitely had to do with perspectivism and illusionism because he had his paintings always differently formatted and seen in a different way each time. His patrons were Cosimo Medici and the Medici family/Dynasty in general. They took him in and supplied him with what he needed. He always was thankful for them and looked up to them.

Fra Filippo Lippi's Art Gallery

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Saint Benedict Orders Saint Maurus to the Rescue of Saint Placidus

The name of the piece above is called "Saint Benedict Orders Saint Maurus to the Rescue of Saint Placidus. This piece was created in 1445/1450. The significance in the piece was the perspectives and the three-dimensions. There is an up close and then a far away perspective and then the building was painted to look like it was an actual building and painted to look like it was three dimensional. This painting to me resembles a religious guesture. It seems to me that the two people in the red building, one of them is being forgiven or blessed by the older looking one with the praying hands. It also looks like the person on its knees is pleading for forgiveness or praying along with the elder. Then in the back there is a small body of water. In that are another set of two people. It looks like one of them may be baptizing the other one. You can find Lippi's work in many museums. This work of art can be found in the National Gallery of Art.

The End of an Artist

Fra Filippo Lippi, the orphan that turned into a great artist, died on October 8, 1469

MLA Citations

"Filippo Lippi, Fra." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.19)


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.9)


National Gallery of Art