Fra Filippo Lippi

His life in a nutshell

The Who What When Where and Whys of Lippi

~Lippi was born the year 1409 in Florence Italy and died October 9th, 1469.

~He spent most of his life in Florence where he vowed to the church and stayed with the monastery. He then devoted himself to his church and the art of painting. He also lived his life as a youth covent of Carmelites. He was then a monk put was found unsuitable for the position and he then left his covent. After he wet back to the church and did work doing designs, altars, and paintings for them. Lippi created all sorts of art not just paintings.

~He created paintings carvings, architecture, sculptures, and poetry. Some of his famous work is the Madonna and Child, Vision of the Virgin and Coronation of the Virgin. He also did some altar designs but they were later lost. His patrons were the Medici Family. They founded, bought, and familiarized people with Lippi's work. Cosimo and Damino Medici were painted by Lippi as well.

~Humanism and secularism are both linked to this person because Lippi was his own person he didn't fallow normal " standards" for the 14th century italian man, he was different. He painted what he felt and what he wanted. His paintings aren't of perfect, skinny, beautiful people but of realistic babies and women and men. There was no ideal person. Secularism is also linked because Lippi was all about religion and even though that time was all about religion he still found it very important. The politics and religion aspects of Italy were separate.

Madonna and Child

By: Fra Filippo Lippi

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Madonna and Child Renaissance Artwork

~The piece was created in 1465, 3 years before Lippi's death.

~The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds the artwork and is in the Jules Bache Collection. Many books on Fra Filippo Lippo have his artwork and pictures of his masterpieces.

~This piece is significant because it's a early renaissance portrait representing religion and faith. The painting shows the talent and detail of the people back then and the amount of raw talent that came from people back then.

~The work is of a lady holding a baby while people tent to them. The lady is Madonna and the baby is her child. This emphasizes the colors detail and 3D mirrors and furniture that Lippi managed to draw. Where the lady sits suggests she is of high importance.

~Humanism Is closely linked to the piece because in that day and age the painting were not made with the perfect women with the best figure and the skinniest legs but by what was realistic. In Rome they were all about the perfect form. In Italy they just wanted humans that looked human.

~This piece is interesting because you get to captured by what is in the painting, the background, and the meaning of the piece. You have the enormous amount of detail in the work. The talent of the artist really shows. This amazes people that people back then could achieve such great work with little training.

~You can see this piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are online. This picture will also be in biographies of Filippo.You can read more about Fra Filippo Lippi at


"Filippo Lippi, Fra." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

Creator : Fra Filippo Lippi, Italian, Florentine, born about 1406, died 1469
Title : Madonna and Child Enthroned with Two Angels
Repository : The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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ARTstor : MMA_IAP_10310750110

By: Kristen Perras