The Early Renaissance


   

 


Fra Filippo Lippi
 
 
 

 

Fra Filippo Lippi

(b Florence, c. 1406; d Spoleto, 9 Oct 1469).

He was one of the leading painters in Renaissance Florence in the generation following Masaccio. Influenced by him in his youth, Filippo developed a linear, expressive style, which anticipated the achievements of his pupil Botticelli. Lippi was among the earliest painters indebted to Donatello. His mature works are some of the first Italian paintings to be inspired by the realistic technique (and occasionally by the compositions) of Netherlandish pioneers such as Rogier van der Weyden and Jan van Eyck. Beginning work in the late 1430s, Lippi won several important commissions for large-scale altarpieces, and in his later years he produced two fresco cycles that (as Vasari noted) had a decisive impact on 16th-century cycles. He produced some of the earliest autonomous portrait paintings of the Renaissance, and his smaller-scale Virgin and Child compositions are among the most personal and expressive of that era. Throughout most of his career he was patronized by the powerful Medici family and allied clans. The operation of his workshop remains a matter of conjecture.

               
 


Madonna and Child

Panel, 155 x 71 cm
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence
 

              

Man of Sorrows

Panel, 82 x 101 cm
Archbishop's Palace, Florence
 
 

Madonna and Child with St Fredianus and St Augustine

1437-38
Panel, 208 x 244 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
 
 

St Fredianus Diverts the River Serchio

c. 1438
Tempera on wood, 40 x 235 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
 
 

Announcement of the Death of the Virgin

c. 1438
Tempera on wood, 40 x 235 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
 
 

Vision of St Augustine

c. 1438
Tempera on wood, 40 x 235 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
 
 

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