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Madonna and child with two angels (Madonna under the veil)

Painting, 1465, 62×95 cm

Description of the artwork «Madonna and child with two angels (Madonna under the veil)»

"Madonna and child with two angels" Filippo Lippi is one of the most famous and poignant paintings of the early Renaissance, which put on a par with the masterpieces Raphael Santiand Leonardo da Vinci.
This is the work of a Mature Lippi, reflecting the movement towards greater naturalism and sacred scenes give the maximum vitality, especially in the appearance of Madonna. Disappeared from the Byzantine flatness, oblong face and hands. Maria looks like a real woman, a young mother, which can be seen on the streets of Florence in XV century.

But not only painting, fra Filippo Lippi was contrary to Church canons. His life itself existing in the real adventurous-the adventure novel was a challenge to the modern society and especially the Church. By the will of God Lippi still a child became a novice in the Carmelite monastery. Chastity and non-acquisitiveness, the mandatory vows of a Catholic monk, did not become virtues of fra Filippo. Nature gave him an unusually violent temperament. Vasari reports that love Lippi "was frequent and passionate, and when he felt such feelings, he forgot about the work and threw it all commenced business".

All this, of course, did not contribute to the salvation of the soul of fra Filippo, but his art was affected by extremely beneficial. Written numerous Madonna has the characteristics of a very specific young and beautiful women. The researchers believe that Lippi wrote them with their loved ones, and later with his wife.

In fact, the "Madonna with child and two angels" is a family portrait. It is believed that the paintings of fra Filippo posed his own wife, Lucrezia Buti, and their two sons, the eldest Filipino Junior and Alessandro.

History of marriage 50-year-old artist at a young, 21-year-old Lucrezia, had all the qualities of a full-fledged scandal because of the age difference. Lippi was the Abbot of the monastery in which the sisters Buti took monastic vows. He abducted from a convent seduced a girl and settled in their own home. Only through the intercession of patron of the artist Cosimo the Elder de ' Medici, the Pope, in a rare exception, allowed Filippo and Lucrezia to absolve themselves monastic vows and become husband and wife.

We see how lovingly writes Lippi childlike profile of Lucretia, as stressed by its gentleness and tenderness. Imbued with a love of many details: Golden tendrils sons, the folds of transparent veils of gas on the hair of the blessed virgin (hence the second name of the painting "Madonna under the veil"). But it is particularly noteworthy how the artist portrays a halo above her head. Of the Golden circle as it was the Italians Cimabueand Duccio the halo Lippi turns into a subtle white circle. Apparently, this attribute of Holiness in an increasingly naturalism seems Lippi misplaced. And this marks the movement to the Mature Renaissance: have Leonardo da Vinci halo will disappear altogether.

There is another anticipation of da Vinci in this painting Lippi – the mysterious, hazy background landscape, which is a separate "picture in picture".

"Madonna with child and two angels" - the apogee of creativity Lippi: technical skill combined in the film with exclusive sensual saturation. "Filippo Lippi- wrote art historian Mary Chain, the - is a completely new type of artist he was a painter of passion and beauty, an unrivalled master of images of female figures".

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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Religious scene

Technique: Tempera

Materials: Wood

Date of creation: 1465

Size: 62×95 cm

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