03 October 2006

Madonna with the Child and Two Angels

by Fra Fillipo Lippi, tempera on panel, 95 x 62 cm (37 x 24" ). This gorgeous and delicate painting was done in 1465. Lippi was an interesting character, a Friar who had an affair with a nun. They were both allowed to resign from their respective orders. She bore him a son (Fillipino, who also became a painter) and a daughter (who was not artistically inclined, so far as I am aware).

For all that, his style is beautiful and, I think, possessed of a profound sense of the divine. He probably taught the more famous Sandro Botticelli, whose style is clearly influenced by him.

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