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Lippi, Fra Filippo

Summary Article: Lippi, Fra Filippo (c. 1406–1469) from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Florentine painter. His most important works include frescoes depicting the lives of St Stephen and St John the Baptist (1452–66; Prato Cathedral), which in their use of perspective and grouping of figures show the influence of Masaccio. He also painted many altarpieces featuring the Madonna. Lippi was born in Florence and patronized by the Medici family. The painter and biographer Giorgio Vasari gave a colourful account of his life including how, as a monk, he was tried in the 1450s for abducting a nun (the mother of his son Filippino Lippi). A Carmelite monk in early life, he is first mentioned as a painter 1431 and in his early work formed his style on that of Masaccio. He lost two church offices after being convicted of forgery. Pardoned and made chaplain of the convent of Sta Margherita in Prato, he then eloped with a nun, Lucrezia Buti, by whom he had two children, one of them the painte...    Continue Reading
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