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Lippo Memmi


 Lippo Memmi

Italian painter, Sienese school (b. ca. 1285, Siena, d. ca. 1361, Siena)
He was the son of MEMMO DI FILIPPUCCIO, the brother of Tederigho (also spelt Federigo) Memmi and, after 1324, brother-in-law of Simone and Donato Martini, all of whom were painters. He is known through signed works, documentary references and early secondary sources. In 1317 he signed and dated a frescoed Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints (‘Maesta’) in the Palazzo del Popolo, San Gimignano. Commissioned by the podesta, Nello di Mino de’ Tolomei of Siena, the work is an adaptation of Simone Martini’s fresco of the Maesta in the Sala del Mappamondo of the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena. A diptych of the Virgin and Child and St John the Baptist, originally in Pisa (Berlin, Gemäldegal., and New York, W. B. Golovin priv. col.), is signed and dated 1333. In the same year Lippo and Simone Martini signed and dated the altarpiece of the Annunciation (Florence, Uffizi), originally from the altar of St Ansanus in Siena Cathedral. The precise nature and extent of Lippo’s participation in this work are disputed by scholars. A fragmentary fresco of the Virgin and Child Enthroned with SS Peter and Paul and Two Angels (Siena, Pin. N.) from the cloister of S Domenico, Siena, once bore a signature and, perhaps, a partial date of MCCCL....In S Maria dei Servi, Siena, there is a signed but undated half-length Virgin and Child. A Virgin and Child Enthroned (Altenburg, Staatl. Lindenau-Mus.) carries what is apparently an original inscription (LIPPUS MEMMI DE SENIS ME PINXIT), but its style bears little resemblance to that of Lippo Memmi’s other known works. A Madonna of Mercy in Orvieto Cathedral is signed LIPPUS DE SENA, but there is much disagreement over attempts to identify this artist with Lippo Memmi.


The Virgin and Child


The Virgin and Child



The Annunciation and Two Saints
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


Palazzo Pubblico, San Gimignano


Madonna of the Recommended
Chapel of the Corporal, Duomo, Orvieto


Musee du Louvre, Paris


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