Fra Filippo Lippi, ‘Adoration of the Child with Saints Jerome, Hilarion, Joseph, Mary Magdalene and Angels’, ca. 1455, Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive

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About Fra Filippo Lippi

A major Early Renaissance painter and a Carmelite monk, Fra Filippo Lippi produced both frescoes and altarpieces depicting religious subjects. Though he was heavily influenced by Masaccio in his early career, particularly his Brancacci Chapel frescoes in Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence, Lippi later became associated with a more vibrant and decorative style based on effects of color and line and a less rational approach to pictorial space; several important altarpieces, such as the Barbadori (1438) and The Coronation of the Virgin (1441–1447), reveal the transition that took place in his mature style. Lippi’s life was mired in scandal; in 1456 he kidnapped a nun from a convent, later marrying her and producing a son, Filippino, who would become a celebrated Renaissance painter in his own right. Among those to pass through Lippi’s workshop was the celebrated painter Botticelli.

Italian, 1406 - October 8, 1469, Florence, Italy