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Filippino Lippi: An Abundance of Invention
by Jonathan K. Nelson
Reaktion Books, 2022
Cloth: 978-1-78914-601-1 | eISBN: 978-1-78914-602-8

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Offering particular insight into Filippino Lippi’s artistic problem-solving, an innovative look at the Renaissance master.
 
The first focused study of Filippino Lippi in a generation, and the first in English in over eighty years, this book presents a new understanding of the Renaissance master-artist. Celebrated as “ingenious” by Vasari in 1550, Filippino was highly praised and influential, then fell out of favor and was forgotten for centuries. He was rediscovered by the poet Swinburne, who in 1868 celebrated the painter’s “inventive enjoyment and indefatigable fancy.” In a similar spirit, this volume explores Filippino’s creativity in solving artistic problems. If a Roman cardinal requested a classically inspired work or a Florentine humanist wanted to dazzle observers with his antiquarian interests, Filippino had the sensitivity to understand these diverse needs and express them with highly original solutions.

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