Fra Filippo Lippi

Grant Arnold

Fra Filippo Lippi

Lippi was born 1446 in Florence, Italy. He spent his first years in training, studying art in the shadow of Masaccio's Brancci. He mainly worked on frescoes, a type of painting similar to murals. Some of his famous works are the Barbadori Madonna in Majesty with Angels and Saints (1437), Tarquinia Madonna and Child Enthroned (1437) and an Annunciation (1439-40). He spent most of his life in Florence, Italy working on mastering his art. Filippo Lipppi's patron was Cosimo de' Medici and the Medici family, sponsoring him and his works. Filippo Lippi mainly focussed on naturalism in his work but also contained perspectivism.

Madonna and Child Enthroned

Madonna and Child Enthroned, a famous piece by Filippo Lippi, was created in 1437. This painting was probably made for the Archbishop of Florence, Giovanni Vitelleschi. Lippi used a method called "tempra" on a panel. You can see naturalism in this artwork. The picture looks very real, the characteristics of the lady's cloths look very realistic. You can see this painting displayed in Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Rome, Italy. I find this painting very interesting because Madonna is on a throne holding a baby. During this time you probably wouldn't see a lady on a throne. This would have been very rare.

Works Cited

"Filippo Lippi, Fra." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.

Filippo Lippi
Madonna and Child Enthroned (Tarquinia Madonna)
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome, Italy (D-54 on deposit from the Museo Nazionale, Tarquinia)

"Fra Filippo Lippi". Google Images. 3 December 2015.