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Filippino Lippi

Renaissance Thoughtfulness

From the Apparition of the Virgin to St Bernard

Son and artistic heir of Fra Filippo, Filippino Lippi (1457–1504) often seems a neurotic Gozzoli, or at least one of the most thoughtful and serious artists of the quattrocento.

He accompanied his father to Spoleto, and finished his frescoes in the cathedral after his death. Back in Florence, he worked in the atelier of his friend Sandro Botticelli, who had himself trained under Fra Filippo. Both inherited the elegant, wistful line and love of rich colours.

But Filippino could also adopt other styles: his first major solo project, around 1483, was to finish the frescoes in the Brancaccio Chapel, the work that inspired his father to take up art, but had been left abandoned for half century. Filippino successfully blended his new work with the more monumental style of Massacio.

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by PD Art, Web Gallery of Art