Filippino Lippi

Beauty, Invention and Intelligence


Filippino Lippi (1457–1504), although one of the most original and gifted artists of the Florentine renaissance, has attracted less scholarly attention than his father Fra Filippo Lippi or his master Botticelli, and very little has been published on him in English. This book, authored by leading Renaissance art historians, covers diverse aspects of Filippino Lippi’s art: his role in Botticelli’s workshop; his Lucchese patrons; his responses to Netherlandish painting; portraits; space and temporality; the restoration of the Strozzi Chapel in Santa Maria Novella; his immediate artistic legacy; and, finally, his nineteenth-century critical reception.

The fourteen chapters in this volume were originally presented at the international conference Filippino Lippi: Beauty, Invention and Intelligence, held at the Dutch University Institute (NIKI) in Florence in 2017.

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Paula Nuttall, Ph.D. (1990), Courtauld Institute of Art is Course Director at the V&A Academy, London. She is an art historian specialising in artistic relations between the Netherlands and Italy in the Renaissance, on which she has published widely.

Geoffrey Nuttall, Ph.D. (2013), Courtauld Institute of Art, is an independent scholar specialising in Renaissance Lucca. He has published widely on aspects of Lucchese artistic patronage, and is currently preparing a monograph Lucca at the Dawn of the Renaissance

Michael W. Kwakkelstein, Ph.D. (1994), is Professor of Italian Renaissance Art and Art Theory at the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University and Director of the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence.

Director’s Remarks
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

Paula Nuttall
 1 The Critic as Artist: Swinburne on Filippino Lippi and Botticelli (1868)
Jonathan K. Nelson
 2 Filippino in Botticelli’s Workshop
Michelle O’Malley
 3 Visible Rays in Filippino’s London Adoration of the Magi
Paul Hills
 4 Filippino Lippi’s Lucchese Patrons
Geoffrey Nuttall
 5 The Virgin at the Well in Filippino’s San Gimignano Annunciation
Joost Joustra
 6 ‘... di naturale tanto bene che non pare che gli manchi se non la parola.’: Filippino Lippi pittore di ritratti
Patrizia Zambrano
 7 From Reiteration to Dialogue: Filippino’s Responses to Netherlandish Painting
Paula Nuttall
 8 Annunciations and Assumptions: Notes on a Particular Constellation in the Carafa Chapel
Johannes Grave
 9 The Temporary and the Temporal: Suspense in the Strozzi Chapel
Alison Wright
 10 Gli affreschi di Filippino Lippi nella Cappella Strozzi a Santa Maria Novella a Firenze: il restauro e la tecnica
Alessandra Popple and Cristiana Conti
 11 Never Being Boring: Filippino Lippi, Michelangelo and the Concept of Chapel Decoration
Charles Robertson
 12 Reconsidering Lucchese Painting after Filippino
Christopher Daly
 13 ‘L’un des plus grands maîtres de l’école Florentine’: Filippino Lippi and His Workshop in French Collections
Matteo Gianeselli
 14 Sfortuna di Raffaellino del Garbo
Alessandro Cecchi
Appendix: A Note on the Identification of the Saints in the Background of the London Adoration of the Magi
Jill Dunkerton and Rachel Billinge
List of Photographic Credits

All those interested in the art of the Italian Renaissance and the history of Florentine painting, including university teachers, post- and undergraduate students, museum curators, art restorers and conservators. Keywords: Italy, Florence, Rome, Sistine Chapel, Renaissance, Rinascimento, Cappella Sistina, art history, painting, fresco, Botticelli, drawing.
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