Angelica Maria Sculptural Bust
11"Wx7"Dx17"H. 6 lbs.
About The Artist
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 (1432 Forte di Belvedere Florence) echoes Masaccio's style in its use of imposing three-dimensional human figures; the Annunciation (circa 1438 San Lorenzo Florence) shows his mastery of Masaccio's newly discovered principles of perspective. After 1440 Fra 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 Madonnas are sweetly pious or appealingly pretty (although sometimes lacking the spirituality of Madonnas by other painters) and his depictions of the Christ child and of cherubs are often playful or mischievous. In the famous Madonna and Child (1455 Galleria degli Uffizi Gallery Florence) for instance a boy angel grins out of the painting directly at the viewer. Much of this informality undoubtedly derives from his renunciation of his vows and subsequent marriage in 1461. The painter Filippino Lippi was his son.
In works such as the fresco series Scenes from the Lives of Saint Stephen and John the Baptist (1452-c. 1465 Prato Cathedral) Fra Filippo combined traditional Gothic landscape elements with the new perspective style.
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