Madonna and Child with Two Angels, 1465: Canvas Replica Painting: Grande
By artist Filippo Lippi (1406-1469), in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence
One of the most beautiful paintings of the Florentine Renaissance, this passionate work makes mother and child both accessible and relational. The story behind the art is even more colorful. Legend says Lippi persuaded a convent to allow him to paint a young novice as the Holy Mother in this portrait - then persuaded her to run away with him. Lippi's biographer Vasari claims that Cosimo de' Medici, his benefactor, loved Lippi despite his antics and saw his fiery nature as typical of rare minds. The authentic stretched canvas replica painting captures the original work's texture, depth of color, and even its subtle brushstrokes, which are applied by hand exclusively for Design Toscano. Our replica European style, bright gold-toned, ribbed frame is cast in quality designer resin with an acanthus leaf and floret border that draws the eye toward the beautiful image.
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Grande: 36.75"Wx50.25"H framed (28.5"Wx42"H image size, 4.375"W frame)
Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-1469)

Fra Filippo Lippi was an early Renaissance Italian painter who brought a new note of informality and decorativeness to the basic intellectualism of Florentine painting. As a child, Fra Filippo was placed by his widowed mother in the monastery of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence, where he received training as a painter and took religious vows as a monk in 1421.

His early works were highly influenced by the earlier Florentine master Masaccio. His fresco Reform of the Carmelite Rule echoes Masaccio's style in its use of imposing three-dimensional human figures; the Annunciation shows his mastery of Masaccio's newly discovered principles of perspective. After 1440, Filippo gradually abandoned Masaccio's precepts in favor of a more decorative style that recalled the Gothic in its use of fluttering draperies, attenuated figures, and glowing colors.

He stressed the human aspects of his scenes; his Madonna's are sweetly pious or appealingly pretty and his depictions of the Christ child and of cherubs are often playful or mischievous. Much of this informality undoubtedly derives from his renunciation of his vows and subsequent marriage in 1461.

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