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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 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...
The Saint's Funeral (detail-2) 1460 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
The Saint's Funeral (detail-2) 1460
St John Taking Leave of his Parents (detail) 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St John Taking Leave of his Parents (detail) 1452-65
Disputation in the Synagogue 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Disputation in the Synagogue 1452-65
The Saint's Funeral (detail-1) 1460 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
The Saint's Funeral (detail-1) 1460
Birth and Naming St John 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Birth and Naming St John 1452-65
Madonna and Child 3 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Madonna and Child 3
St Anthony Abbot and St Michael - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St Anthony Abbot and St Michael
St Fredianus Diverts the River Serchio - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St Fredianus Diverts the River Serchio
Mortuary of St. Stephen - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Mortuary of St. Stephen
St Bernard Vision of the Virgin - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St Bernard Vision of the Virgin
Annunciation, left wing - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Annunciation, left wing

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