//Fra Filippo Lippi//
- Known as: Florentine painter
- Born: c.1406, Florence, Italy
- Also known as: Lippo Lippi
- Date of death: 1469
Fra Filippo Lippi. What a man! Though when he was an orphan and around 15, he was put into the Carmine in Florence, as you will read, perhaps no-one was more unfit to be a monk than him!
Fra Filippo is first recorded asa painter in 1430 following Masaccio painting the Brancacci Chapel in the Carmine in the 1420s. This means that he was, probaly, Masaccio's pupil.
He left the Carmine in 1434 and was in Padua. His first dated work was the Tarquinia Madonna (1437, Rome Gall. Naz). In the same year he began the Barbadori Altarpiece (Paris, Louvre).
He began the Prato cycle in 1452; they were still incomplete twelve years later. Two years previous to this, he was put on trial for fraud, and, in this period, abducted the nun Lucrezia (who gave birth to Filippino. The influential Medici family obtained him a dispensation to marry Lucrezia.
His last works were the frescoes in Spoleto Cathedral. In the three years previous to his death he was in bad health and most of the work for these frescoes was done by pupils and assistants. The final receipts are signed by his son Filippino, who was around twelve.
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