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Fra Filippo Lippi (1406 - October 8, 1469), also called Lippo Lippi, was an Italian painter of the Italian Quattrocento (15th century) school.

Lippi was born in Florence to Tommaso, a butcher. Both his parents died when he was still a child. Mona Lapaccia, his aunt, took charge of the boy. In 1420 he was registered in the community of the Carmelite friars of the Carmine in Florence, where remained until 1432, taking the Carmelite vows in 1421 when he was sixteen.

In his Lives of the Artists, Vasari says: "Instead of studying, he spent all his time scrawling pictures on his own books and those of others," The prior decided to give him the opportunity to learn painting. Eventually Fra Filippo quit the monastery, but it appears he was not released from his vows; in a letter dated 1439 he describes himself as the poorest friar of Florence, charged with the maintenance of six marriageable nieces.

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St Bernard Vision of the Virgin - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St Bernard Vision of the Virgin
Herod's Banquet (detail-3) 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Herod's Banquet (detail-3) 1452-65
Death of St Jerome - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Death of St Jerome
Madonna and Child 2 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Madonna and Child 2
St Catherine of Alexandria and Evangelist - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St Catherine of Alexandria and Evangelist
Disputation in the Synagogue (detail-2) 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Disputation in the Synagogue (detail-2) 1452-65
St John Taking Leave of his Parents 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St John Taking Leave of his Parents 1452-65
Stories from the Life of St Stephen Mission of St Stephen - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Stories from the Life of St Stephen Mission of St Stephen
Disputation in the Synagogue (detail-3) 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Disputation in the Synagogue (detail-3) 1452-65
Disputation in the Synagogue (detail-1) 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Disputation in the Synagogue (detail-1) 1452-65
Mortuary of St. Stephen - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Mortuary of St. Stephen
St John the Evangelist - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St John the Evangelist

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