Filippino Lippi and Sandro Botticelli in XV Century’s Florence

Filippino Lippi and Sandro Botticelli in XV Century’s Florence
October 5, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Scuderie del Quirinale – Rome

Modern Art (from the XV to the XIX century)

Filippino Lippi, Madonna adoring Christ child (detail) - 1478 ca. Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi © Photoservice Electa /Anelli for concession of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali

Born in Prato in about 1457, Filippo (known as Filippino to distinguish him from his father, one of the most celebrated and valued painters of his day) became an artist of the first rank in his turn, a painter on whom Vasari lavished such words of praise as “tanto ingegno” (a man of infinite genius) endowed with “vaghissima e copiosa invenzione” (wonderful and bountiful powers of invention). From his very earliest works, which the great art historian Bernard Berenson attributed to an imaginary “Friend of Sandro”, his darting figures stand out for their wistful grace and for the almost disturbing whimsicality that distinguishes them from the style of Botticelli, with whom he collaborated on an equal footing rather than as a mere apprentice.  Filippino eventually went on to become a fearsome rival to his former master in the last decade of the 15th century, appreciated by the Medici and their supporters and by Savonarola and the Republicans alike.

This explains why Filippino was called on to complete the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel in the church of the Carmine, a work by Masolino and Masaccio, painters who were venerated, admired and studied by every artist of the period (and for centuries to come); why he was entrusted with major commissions neglected by Leonardo, such as the Pala degli Otto in Palazzo Vecchio (1486) or the Adorazione dei Magi for San Donato a Scopeto (1496), both now in the Uffizi; and why, in 1498, he was given the most prestigious commission the Republic could award, for a Signoria Altarpiece for the republican Sala del Maggior Consiglio although his numerous other commitments and his death in 1504 were to prevent him from ever making a start on it. Filippino was more eclectic and versatile an artist than any other, attracting commissions in Florence and its surrounding region but also in Lucca, Genoa, Bologna and Pavia. The exhibition, curated by Alessandro Cecchi, is designed to introduce the public to the approximately 34 years of Lippi’s career, a career that was so much more proficuous than most in terms of both the quantity and the quality of his output, ranging as it did from panels, to frescoes, to sophisticated drawings on colored paper which are full-fledged masterpieces in their own right. These celebrated paintings are on loan from the leading museums of the world, as well as from superb private collections.

Sunday to Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 10:30pm
Last admission one hour before closing time

Closing day: none

Holidays closing day: none

€ 7,50

€ 10,00

Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio, 16 00187 Roma
telefono: 06 39967500

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