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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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Scenes of Carmelite History, or Scenes from the Thebaid - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Scenes of Carmelite History, or Scenes from the Thebaid
St John Taking Leave of his Parents 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St John Taking Leave of his Parents 1452-65
Herod's Banquet (detail-3) 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Herod's Banquet (detail-3) 1452-65
St John the Evangelist - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St John the Evangelist
Four Doctors Triptych St Augustine and St Ambrose - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Four Doctors Triptych St Augustine and St Ambrose
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
Herod's Banquet (detail-2) 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Herod's Banquet (detail-2) 1452-65
Saint Dominic - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Saint Dominic
Stories from the Life of St John the Baptist Birth... - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Stories from the Life of St John the Baptist Birth...
St Stephen is Born and Replaced by Another Child (detail... - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St Stephen is Born and Replaced by Another Child (detail...
Dead Christ Supported by Mary and St John the Evangelist - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Dead Christ Supported by Mary and St John the Evangelist
Stories from the Life of St John the Baptist Mission... - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Stories from the Life of St John the Baptist Mission...

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