Fra Filippo Lippi

A Renaissance Man

The Man

Filippo Lippi was born in Florence, Italy in 1406. He spent the majority of his life in Florence. Lippi's education and training is unknown. For most of his life he was a friar at Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence. He began his painting career in 1431. He had a son and a daughter. He was believed to have mentored Sandro Botticelli. He created paintings. His most known works were "Barbadori Madonna in Majesty with Angels and Saints", "Tarquinia Madonna and Child enthroned", and "Annunciation". He was patronized by the Medicis. He was mainly related to humanism. Many of his works were highly influenced by human potential and human form including "Tarquinia Madonna and Child enthroned".

The Work

This is one of Lippi's most famous paintings "Tarquinia Madonna and Child enthroned". It was created in 1437. This piece is in The National Gallery of Art in Rome, Italy. This piece is significant because it showed complicated techniques not seen in paintings before. It also studied the human appearance, and worked with color more than with linear perspective. I find this piece interesting because one of the isms of the time was secularism which means getting away from the teachings of the church. This painting of the Madonna (Virgin Mary) goes against that ism. This painting uses some of the reds common of the time while bringing new darker colors as well. This work is most closely related to humanism because it shows the study of the human form.

Works Cited

"Multiple Collection Source." ARTstor. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.

"Filippo Lippi, Fra." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.