Filippo Lippi

Renaissance Artist

By: Emily Burton

About Lippi

Filippo Lippi was born in Florence Italy in 1406 and spent most of his life there. Lippi grew up in a very poor family. His parents died when he was at a young age so he went to live with his aunt. He was sent off to live at a monastery of monks with his brother. The monastery was full of frescoes, a type of painting, these paintings are what most influenced his art. Shortly after he got out of the monastery he was enslaved by a group connected to the The Moors on the Adriatic for 18 months. When he was saved he spent the rest of his life traveling Europe painting altarpieces for different cathedrals and churches. He got married in 1428 and died in 1469. His art was different from other artists because his paintings had unique dimension and color. Most of his paintings were of holy figures and had religious value. His most famous pieces were Madonna and Child, Seven Saints, and Coronation of the Virgin.

Madonna of Humility

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The Madonna of Humility was created during the mid to late 1420's. It is currently located in the Sforza Castle in Milan Italy. This piece is significant because it demonstrates the panel painting technique. The piece includes a woman in the center of the painting dressed in fancy clothing holding a baby. The woman is surrounded by 9 other people dressed in white who appear to be praying. I was interested in this piece because of the many ways the meaning of this painting could be viewed and interpreted.


Creator Filippo Lippi

Title Madonna of Humility with Angels and Carmelite Saints (Madonna and Child Surrounded by Angels and Saints Anne, Peter Martyr and Dominic)
Trivulzio Madonna (Madonna dell'Umiltà)

Datemid- to late 1420s

Repository Castello sforzesco

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