Fra Filippo Lippi

The Painter

Overall Info of Lippi


Florence, Italy circa 1406


Florence, Italy October 9th, 1469


Lippi's training origins remain unknown but there is evidence of Donatello's mind in some of Lippi's artwork hinting Lippi may have studied Donatello's sculptures of humanism.


Lippi was a very dedicated man when it came to artwork. Lippi was described to be witty, original, and very mature. He was also a church devoted man which is shown through his many Christian faith based paintings. In his later life, Lippi is known to have a large workshop and many apprentices.


Lippi created many paintings. Examples are Feast of Herod, Tarquinia Madonna, Annunciation, and Barbadori Altar. The patrons of Lippi consisted of the Church and the Medici's.

What are Lippi's Ideals?

Lippi was big into humanism and individualism. His humanism is shown by how he focuses on the beauty of the human figure. This is seen in his, Portrait of a Woman, where the whole painting is focused on the human stature. Lippi's individualism is shown by the position of people in the painting. In, Barbadori Altar, the woman is above the other woman which is a signal of power and higher position.

Lippi's Portrait of a Woman

The Piece

The name of the piece is called, Portrait of a Woman, and was created around 1440 by Lippi. The painting can be seen in Florence and many other art museums in places such as Paris or New York. The painting is the first to initiate a detailed background with a natural setting which added more character to the painting.


The painting is at the beginning of the Renaissance because of the face being turned completely to one side and that it was created in 1440, the beginning of the enrichment period. The red is starting to be more visible in clothing, which is a prominent color of the time period. The painting starts to show how man/woman is connected with nature due to its natural background out the window. Mainly, the portrait focuses on individualism because the focus is the woman and what she is wearing, very wealthy attire and jewelry which shows wealth and a high ranking position in society.

My Opinion

I find the painting fairly creepy in my eyes due to its ominous look. The painting shows a very early period of the Renaissance which is interesting because it looks almost more Medieval than the time period its actually in. I say this because of the less vibrant colors that make up the painting and the more depressing look.


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