Madonna and Child with Stories of the Life of St. Anne (c. 1452) by Filippo Lippi

Madonna and Child with Stories of the Life of St

Artwork Information

TitleMadonna and Child with Stories of the Life of St. Anne
ArtistFilippo Lippi
Datec. 1452
MediumTempera on panel
Dimensions(135 cm)
Current LocationPitti Gallery, Florence
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About Madonna and Child with Stories of the Life of St. Anne

Filippo Lippi’s Madonna and Child with Stories of the Life of St. Anne is a painting from c. 1452 that portrays one of the most original works of art depicting a holy theme from the early Renaissance. In this piece, the Virgin Mary is seated on a throne while holding a Pomegranate in her hand, which symbolizes fertility and Passion.

One notable aspect of this painting is the absence of halos on the figures depicted, except for one discreet halo given to St. Anne in relief form on her collar. Moreover, two angels are present in the artwork, but they do not have any suggestion of wings or cuteness like cherubs frequently seen in other paintings.

The Bartolini Tondo is another painting by Lippi that is located in Florence and resembles Madonna and Child with Stories of the Life of St. Anne stylistically; however, it portrays different individuals.

Filippo Lippi was part of Florentine painters classified as second-generation Renaissance artists who accomplished distinct expression clarity within their work effectively while placing biblical events contemporaneous Florentine interiors. He pioneered techniques used to produce art like Madonna and Child with Saints, Angels and Donor.

Overall, Filippo Lippi’s Madonna And Child With Stories Of The Life Of St.Anne remains an exceptional example when it comes to depictions referring to religious themes; other paintings by Filippo further showcase his mastery regarding clear expression depicted in specific situations such as “Madonna & Child With Saint,Saints” where he masterfully combines several characters sometimes appearing almost photo-realistic-looking placed within unique aesthetic contexts amongst contemporary design outcomes whilst still fulfilling expressive content requirements displaying deeper meaning behind each portrayal done artistically through appealing uses color combined with stylization expertise making his works unique until today remaining astonishingly lovely to see for modern audiences truly appreciating artists’ creative genius during his lifetime over half a millenium ago yet inspire awe until today through admirers passed down appreciation from their predecessors before them upholding artistic values centuries after being created underlined by motivations now lost over time retainng unspoken value beyond mere financial worth stated about every great work deserving appreciation purely aesthetics alone.’

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