Fra Filippo Lippi By Carolyn Tierney

About Fra Filippo Lippi

Fra Filippo Lippi was born in 1406 in Florence Italy and died October 9, 1469 in Florence Italy. He spent most of his life in Florence creating religious pieces of artwork although, it is unknown where Lippi received formal training. His paintings almost always contained some sort of religious meaning or symbol. Some of his most famous works were, Madonna and Child, Coronation of the Virgin, Adoration of the Child. His patron was Cosimo de Medici.

The Adoration of the Child by Fra Filippo Lippi

This piece was created in 1455 B.C.E. and can be seen at the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence Italy

Fra Filippo Lippi used a lot of religious figures in his artwork which was not extremely common at this point during the Renaissance. This picture is an interpretation of the birth of baby Jesus. One thing that makes this piece and Lippi's other pieces different from other artists is that Lippi portrayed religious figures in a form similar to the average human which was done often.

When I look at this painting, the first thing that catches my eye is the mountain covered terrain in the background. The artist was able to successfully give the mountains a layered, rocky, looking texture.

Naturalism is the most prevalant ism in the painting because it pictures a baby in the real world or in nature. This painting is not what would be viewed as "the perfect world" instead, it is just the real world. The landscape in the background is mountains and animals which is also another significant feature of Naturalism.

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