Filippino Lippi

Filippino Lippi

Filippo Lippi
Filippino Lippi
c.1457 - 1504

Place of Birth: Prato, Tuscany
Where Lippi Worked: Florence, Rome
Type of Art: Oil painting, Fresco
Most Famous Artwork: Apparition of the Virgin to St. Bernard; The Life of Saint Peter

Biography of Filippino Lippi

Page Symbol for Artist pagesFilippino Lippi was born c.1457 under less than ideal circumstances. He was the result of an illegitimate union between his father, the famous artist Fra Filippo Lippi, and a nun, Lucrezia Buti, who also bore him a daughter. Filippino ('little Filippo') grew up with his father and studied art with him. Fra Filippo Lippi died when Filippino was just 12 years of age.

After his father's death, Filippino worked under another great Florentine painting master, Sandro Botticelli, to complete his apprenticeship. He remained with Botticelli until 1473, and Filippino's style was highly influenced by him. He never fully developed his own style until about 1480. He continued to work with Botticelli, Pietro Perugino and Domenico Ghirlandaio on frescoes for Lorenzo de' Medici. The Medici family also sponsored work by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Lippi worked in Tuscany, Lombardy, Rome and Florence. He was much acclaimed and admired in the city of Florence. While he lived in Rome he had the opportunity to study antiquities; this influence was to show itself in his paintings. Lippi would often paint antique statuettes into his words to accent them.

Lippi passed away on April 20, 1504 in the city of Florence.

Artwork of Filippino Lippi
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Filippino Lippi's "Adoration of the Magi"
Adoration of the Magi

Painted in 1496 and it now resides in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Filippino Lippi's "Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine"
Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine

Painted in 1503 and now resides in the Isolani Chapel of the Basilica di San Domenico in Bologna.

Filippino Lippi's "Apparition of the Virgin to St Bernard"
Apparition of the Virgin to St. Bernard

Painted in 1480, and resides in the Badia Fiorentina in Florence. A scroll on the rocks contains the verse Sustine et Abstine, 'Carry on and Abstain', which is in reference to St. Bernard's teachings.

Filippino Lippi's "Madonna With Child And Saints"
Madonna With Child and Saints

Painted c. 1490 - 1493 and now resides in the Church of Santo Spirito in Florence.

Filippino Lippi's "Tobias and the Angel"
Tobias and the Angel

Painted c.1475 - 1480 and it now resides in the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Filippino Lippi's " Allegory of Music"
Allegory of Music

Painted c.1500, and it now resides at the Gemaldegalerie in Berlin.

Filippino Lippi's "Three Angels and Young Tobias"
Three Angels and Young Tobias

This was painted in 1485 and now resides in Galleria Sabauda of Turin. At one time this work was thought to be one by Botticelli, or done in his studio.

Frescoes done by Filippino Lippi in Spoleto Cathedral from 1467 to 1469.

Page symbol for Artist pagesWhere Lippi's Artwork is Displayed

You can find some of Lippi's artwork at the following museums and churches. Many of his commissions were frescoes done for the walls of churches in Italy:

- Uffizi Gallery, Florence
- Filippo Strozzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella church, Florence
- Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine church, Florence
- Badia Fiorentina church, Florence
- Santa Maria del Santo Spirito Basilica, Florence
- Carafa Chapel, Santa Maria sopra Minerva Basilica, Rome
- Civic Museum, Prato, Italy
- Cathedral, Spoleto, Italy
- San Domenico Basilica, Bologna, Italy
- National Gallery, Washington DC

Page symbol for Artist pagesTrivia About Filippo Lippi:

- When Filippino Lippi died in Florence, he was so much loved by the citizens there, that they were said to have closed all their shops on the day that he was buried.

- In his work Adoration of the Magi, Lippi includes three members of the Medici family in the painting -- Pierfrancesco de' Medici and his two sons, Giovanni and Lorenzo.

Pierfrancesco is kneeling and Giovanni is holding a goblet and Lorenzo is having his crown removed.

- In Apparition of the Virgin to St. Bernard, the praying man in the lower right-hand corner is said to be Piero del Pugliese, the man who commissioned the painting for his father's chapel.

Piero del Pugliese

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