Fra Filippo Lippi

The Renaissance Artist

Biography

  • Fra Filippo Lippi was born in Florence, Italy, in the year of 1406.
  • He spent a considerable amount of time in his life working as a friar in a monastery.
  • Instead of studying like the other children his age, Lippi loved to spend all of his time drawing.
  • Lippi’s parents died when he was a child, and his aunt began taking care of him. When he became old enough, she sent him to work as a friar in a monastery. Several years later he quit and started working as a painter.

  • During his painting career, the Medici were his patrons.

  • Two 'isms' that pertain to Lippi are

-Secularism: He worked as a friar;
-Individualism: He liked making his own decisions.

A few examples of the paintings he created:

Madonna and Child

Description

  • c. 1465
  • Located in a Museum in Uffizi, Florence.
  • This painting is significant because it reflects on Lippi's life as a friar in a monastery.
  • The piece is a painting of Mary and Jesus. Jesus is holding a book, which I think might be the bible, and there are two figures in back of them. I think these two people are angels.

  • Secularism most closely relates to the painting, since it is religious.

  • I find the painting interesting because it is related to his life as a religious person.

Sources:

Lippi, Fra Filippo. Annunciation. 1467. Uffizi Museum, Uffizi, Florence.

Lippi, Fra Filippo. Coronation of the Virgin. 1444. Uffizi Museum, Uffizi, Florence.

Lippi, Fra Filippo. Adoration of the Child. 1455. Uffizi Museum, Uffizi, Florence.

Lippi, Fra Filippo. Madonna and Child. 1465. Uffizi Museum, Uffizi, Florence.