Fra Filippo Lippi

c.1406-1469. Italian painter. He painted his commissioned pieces in the incomparable Florence contemporary with Fra Angelico, Masaccio, Donatello, and Ghiberti. His set pieces, molding together both Flemish detail and the current Italian, classic sense of bodies, were distinguished by a more pronounced linear movement-turning robes of the Madonna, birds in flight. The painting conventions he used (e.g., the Virgin Mary seated on a throne) seem somewhat at odds with items of everyday normalcy accompanying them, as if the self- conscious artist is no longer content working as a hireling within prescribed genres. One of Filippo Lippi's Renaissance students was Botticelli.*