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The Drawings of Filippino Lippi and His Circle

The Drawings of Filippino Lippi and His Circle

Goldner, George R., Carmen C. Bambach, Alessandro Cecchi, William M. Griswold, Jonathon Nelson, Innis Howe Shoemaker, and Elizabeth Barker
420 pages
288 illustrations
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Energetic, incisive, spontaneous, and expressive, the drawings of Filippino Lippi (1457/58–1504) are among the most original and creative of the Italian Renaissance. Produced in the artistic and humanist circles of late fifteenth-century Florence and Rome for such illustrious patrons as Lorenzo de' Medici, il Magnifico, Filippino's drawings were subsequently cherished by many esteemed collectors, including Giorgio Vasari, Pierre-Jean Mariette, and Sir Thomas Lawrence. The exceptionally large numbers of Filippino's drawings that survive trace the progress of his career, from his training with his father, Fra Filippo Lippi, and Sandro Botticelli to his untimely death at the age of forty-six.

Filippino's drawings display a rare freedom of handling, a taste for abstraction and mannerism, and a precocious concern with movement and expression. They share with his paintings a predilection for elaborate costumes, fanciful hairstyles, ornate settings, and the spirited reinvention of antique designs. And they were a source of inspiration for other artists, among them Raffaellino del Garbo, Tommaso, Piero di Cosimo, and even Raphael.

This book accompanies a major exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the first important show devoted to the drawings of Filippino Lippi. Essays by experts in the field explore Filippino's development as a draftsman, his techniques, his designs for the decorative arts, his drawings after the antique, and his work as a painter; entries on the individual drawings consider issues of authenticity, dating, and relationship to paintings, as well as the contributions of his circle. A documented chronology of the artist's life is offered as well. Written for both a scholarly and general audience, the volume is lavishly supported with color reproductions of all the works included in the exhibition, which are shown to scale when possible, numerous comparative illustrations, and over forty color-plates reproducing Filippino's most important paintings. Provenances, complete references, an extensive bibliography, and an index are provided.

Madonna and Child, Filippino Lippi  Italian, Tempera, oil, and gold on wood
ca. 1483–84
Standing Youth with Hands Behind His Back, and a Seated Youth Reading (recto); Two Studies of Hands (verso), Filippino Lippi  Italian, Metalpoint, highlighted with white gouache, on pink prepared paper (recto); metalpoint, on pink prepared paper (verso)
Virgin and Child Attended by Angels, Filippino Lippi  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouache
The Angel of the Annunciation (Cartoon for an Embroidery), Raffaellino del Garbo (also known as Raffaelle de' Capponi and Raffaelle de' Carli)  Italian, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouache, over black chalk on paper washed brown; outlines of design and framing outlines pricked and with traces of rubbed black pouncing dust
Bust of a Young Woman, Piero di Cosimo (Piero di Lorenzo di Piero d'Antonio)  Italian, Metalpoint, highlighted with white gouache, on blue-gray prepared paper
ca. 1495