Fra Filippo Lippi

Nora Mangan Block 4

Biography

Fra Filippo Lippi was a religious painter that was born in 1406 in Florence, Italy where he spent most of his life. His formal education is unknown, but his styles of art were greatly affected by Masaccio, who he shadowed in his early life. Lippi was protected by the Medici family and Cosimo de Medici, his patron. Fra Filippo Lippi was normally commissioned to paint works for convents and churches. Some of his famous pieces included Madonna and Child, Annunciation, and Adoration in the Forest. Fra Filippo Lippi brought sacred figures closer to human appearance which shows naturalism. He also uses perspectivism in paintings, such as Madonna and Child which show depth.
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Adoration in the Forest

This piece was created in 1459 for Fra Filippo Lippi's patron, Cosimo de Medici. Today, it is located in Berlin at the Staatliche Museen. Adoration in the Forest shows an unexpected setting for the birth of Jesus. Lippi removed the traditional Bible setting and replaced it with a dark, wooded wilderness. The painting features newborn Christ laying on the forest ground, Virgin Mary, God the Father, a monk, and John the Baptist. Lippi uses blue and dark pigment for the forest and warm, golden tones for the religious figures. This piece emphasizes naturalism. The wooded landscape gives the birth scene a more natural appearance. Fra Filippo Lippi uses textures and tones to show the unusual darkness of the site. The religious figures seem human-like rather than perfect.


Adoration in the Forest interests me because of Lippi's view of the nativity of Christ. Instead of the tradition story, including shepherds, kings, ox, and Joseph, Lippi painted a darker, more natural take on the story. The figures show realistic emotion and seem human

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


Fra Filippo Lippi

Adoration in the Forest 1459

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

ARTstor: 20681ART182284