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Filippo and Filippino Lippi: The Renaissance in Prato

Filippo Lippi - Fra DiamanteAnnonciation avec Saint Julien, c. 1460Détrempe sur panneauMuseo Civico, Prato© Archivio Museo Civico di PratoPhoto courtesy of Musée du Luxembourg
Filippo Lippi - Fra Diamante
Annonciation avec Saint Julien, c. 1460
Détrempe sur panneau
Museo Civico, Prato
© Archivio Museo Civico di Prato
Photo courtesy of Musée du Luxembourg
Filippo and Filippino Lippi: The Renaissance in Prato
PARIS  •  Musée du Luxembourg  •  Ongoing

Situated in Tuscany, 10 miles north of Florence, the city of Prato went through considerable economic growth from the middle of the 14th to the beginning of the 15th century, before it fell under the domination of its rival Florence when it was conquered by the Medici troops in 1512.

This prosperity, which was mainly based on the commerce of textile and the development of business, gave birth to important civic and church commissions, and to fruitful political and artistic exchanges with Florence. Many artists (architects, sculptors, painters, etc.) then settled in Prato and in its surroundings, notably to work on the Duomo.

The Lippis, Filippo (Florence, ca. 1406 – Spoleto, 1469) and his son Filippino (Prato, ca. 1457 – Florence, 1504), were among the most respected artists in 15th-century Prato. Despite his functions as chaplain to the convent of Santa Margherita in Prato, Filippo led a debauched life and he only escaped Florentine justice thanks to the protection of his patron Cosimo de Medici. Filippino was born of Filippo’s scandalous union with a nun, Lucrezia Buti; both were released from their vows through the intervention of Cosimo de Medici.

The exhibition brings together some sixty paintings and sculptures created between the 14th and the 16th century, which have never been shown in France (some have never left Italy). Those works come from the Prato City Museum, housed in the Pretorio Palace, now closed for refurbishment, as well as from other institutions of the same region.

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