Lippi, Filippino or Filippo
Italian, 15th–16th century, male.
Born 1457, in Prato; died 1504, in Florence.
Painter. History painting, religious subjects, portraits.
Filippino Lippi’s life was as simple and hard-working as his father’s, Filippo Lippi, was adventurous. When he died, Filippo Lippi recommended his son to his friend, the painter Fra Diamante to whom he had entrusted the finishing of the works in Spoleto Cathedral. By then Filippino Lippi was 12 years old. However, the most important influence on the young Lippi became Sandro Botticelli, for whom Lippi began working in 1472.
Lippi soon became known for painting cassoni, small commemorative chests, and small devotional paintings. In 1483, he was commissioned to paint two tondi of the Annunciation for San Gimignano, and Lorenzo de’ Medici recruited him to work with Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and Perugino on the frescoes of his villa in Spedaletto. The works have since been lost. Between 1484 and 1486...