Fra Filippo Lippi By: Amanda Xie

In Florence, Italy, 1406, Fra Filippo Lippi was born...

BackGround Information...

  • 1406 - Oct 9, 1469
  • Spent most of his life in Florence, Italy
  • Was reckless - loved women and wine, and easily spent money just earned
  • Began working as a friar at Santa Maria del Carmine
  • Artwork was influenced by Masaccio and Donatello
  • Not known to have any formal training in painting
  • Ran off with a nun, Lucrezia Buti, and raised two children
  • Son - Filippino Lippi - followed in Fra Filippo Lippi's footsteps and became a painter

Lippi was most known for his artwork...

  • Focused on painting
  • Artwork uniquely depicted feelings and emotions
  • Influenced the works of Botticelli, Verrocchio, and Pollaiolo
  • Patronized by the famed Medici family

Greatly admired for the works...

  • "Coronation of the Virgin"
  • "Tarquinia Madonna and Child Enthroned"
  • "Barbadori Madonna in Majesty with Angels and Saints"
  • "Annunciation"

Coronation of the virgin

"Coronation of the Virgin" - Fra Filippo Lippi, 1447

This piece is unique and interesting because the gathering of people and the grandness of the marble chair in the center give off a feeling of power and strength.

Description of the Piece

  • There are humans with figures from the bible (angels and saints)
  • Madonna is about to be crowned by Christ
  • Bottom Right Corner: "Iste Perfecit Opus" ("This one finished the work") is written
  • Bottom Left Corner: Self portrait of Fra Filippo Lippi
  • Painting currently protected in the Galleria delgi Uffizi, Florence

The Display of Naturalism

  • Technique - Gradation of color tones and values
  • Technique - Spatial grouping
  • Techniques allow for the piece to appear realistic and natural. The colors are not impractically bold, and the spacing creates a feeling of depth.

Lippi brought humanism, naturalism, and Perspectivism to life during his career..

Naturalism - Using light, textures, tones, and subtlety to create a natural appearance

  • Developed coloring system that changed pure hues to realistic colors
  • Added gradation of color tones and values
  • Brought awareness to atmosphere

Humanism - Stresses the logic of the universe to challenge traditional domination of theology and emphasize the importance of humans

  • Painted sacred figures, but allowed them to look closer to the ordinary human appearance
  • Released intimacy of feeling to reiterate the capabilities of humans

Perspectivism - To create a 3D illusion

  • Used linear perspective
  • Created three-dimensional figures

Works Cited

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