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Fra Filippo Lippi (c1406 - 1469 (63))

Filippino Lippi (1457 - 1504 (47))

 

Fra Filippo Lippi (c1406 - 1469 (63))

 

Fra Filippo Lippi (c1406 - 1469 (63)) was a Florentine painter who experienced an unusually eventful life.  Early on he was captured by Moors whilst out boating and sold into slavery in Africa, then later freed and returned to Italy where, as a Carmelite monk, he became famous not just for his painting but for his affair (and subsequent marriage, facilitated by his Medici patrons) with the nun Lucrezia Buti (mother of Filippino).

Above is a self portrait c1467 in his last major work - the apse fresco cycle in the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Spoleto (Umbria) - he's the guy in the black hat in the middle.  On the right is a bust of Lippi over his tomb in the same cathedral done by his son Filippo.  There is another major Lippi fresco cycle in the Duomo in Prato (including another self portrait  in "The Death of Saint Stephen").

Filippino Lippi (1457 - 1504 (47))

Trained by his father and Sandro Botticelli, painter of many altarpieces and fresco cycles

 

Self portrait as a member of the crowd in "The Dispute with Simon Magus" in the Brancacci Chapel in Florence, where he completed the frescos left unfinished by Masaccio's early death.  In Florence his work can also be seen in the Strozzi Chapel in  Santa Maria Novella.

 

Self portrait in the Uffizi collection

 

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