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Tarquina Madonna By Fra Filippo Lippi in 1437

Fra Filippo Lippi found his inspiration for the Tarquina Madonna in Northern Italy, where he had spent time with artist from Paris and far cultures. The piece is now located in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte of Flazzo in Barberini, Rome.

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The rising artist and priest

Fra Filippo Lippi was born in 1406 in Florence, Italy. He grew up in Italy, where most of his youth revolved around religion and his art. As early as when he was 15, he vowed as a priest. Patronized by the Medici family in Florence, he found his way of thought through his paintings. The painter spent his time building his knowledge of art in Northern Italy and while the Spoleto Cathedral. While is art continued to expand, he married an ex-nun and they had two children; a daughter and son.

Tarquina Madonna's Meaning to the Renaissance

Tarquina Madonna is such an important piece to the Renaissance because of its showcase of human emotion and natural feeling. The Renaissance was all about the idea of challenging and expanding society's creativity. This piece demonstrates the influence of human emotion and connection between two, that have almost captivated them for the outside. This loving nature between the two shows the importance of the human bond and love's purity. The Renaissance's expansion of art was the door to understanding relationship and meaning from one person to another.
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Lippi's Piece Explained

This oil-painting, in particular, exemplifies four main characteristics of the Renaissance. Idealism, Perspectivism, Classicism, and Humanism. Idealism is shown with a captivated look both a mother and daughter share while looking at one another. This loving and soft angled face, allows the viewer to understand the distinctive love between the two. The tight hold and protection of the mother, with her eyes close, shows her eternal infatuation. Humanism, which Lippi was know for, is really shown with the oil-painting's relationship of the two. While they are both embraced in each other's arms, the purity and optimism of the baby shows the raw emotion. Perspectivism is created in the linear view of the painting. The vanishing point, in the background, in the arc of the door, almost creates an illusion that these two are the only focus of the painting. Classicism is part the focus of the vanishing point, as it tricks the eye into the far off arc of the door. The symmetry and mathematics of the architecture demonstrate the idea of classicism in the piece.

Lippi's Message

Fra Filippo Lippi was known for the truth in his paintings. His realistic appearances in his sacred figures, allow him to apply his religious thoughts into his work and create the human emotion. Lippi's paintings value a message in each and every detail, even if they seem subtle.