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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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The Saint's Funeral (detail-2) 1460 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
The Saint's Funeral (detail-2) 1460
Disputation in the Synagogue 1452-65 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Disputation in the Synagogue 1452-65
Madonna and Child 6 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Madonna and Child 6
Adoration of the Child with Saints - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Adoration of the Child with Saints
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
St Fredianus Diverts the River Serchio - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St Fredianus Diverts the River Serchio
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
Stories from the Life of St John the Baptist Beheading... - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Stories from the Life of St John the Baptist Beheading...
St John the Evangelist c. 1454 - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
St John the Evangelist c. 1454
Annunciation, left wing - Fra Filippo Lippi - www.frafilippolippi.org
Annunciation, left wing

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