Paris, Musée du Luxembourg

From the middle of the 14th century until it fell under the domination of the neighboring rival city of Florence in the early 15th century, Prato experienced considerable economic growth. As commerce flourished, engendering civic and church commissions as well as political and artistic discourse between Prato and Florence, artists converged on the city and its surroundings. Filippo Lippi, succeeded by his son Filippino were among the most celebrated artists of the city during the 15th century.

Although Filippo Lippi brought about important stylistic innovations, his art was often overshadowed by a notoriously louche personal life. In fact, Filippino was born of a nun while he served as a chaplain to the convent of Santa Margherita in Prato. Filippino continued his father’s creative legacy throughout the remainder of the century. The amassing of sixty paintings and sculptures created by artists from the 14th to the 16th century (including the Lippis), originating mainly from the Prato City Museum and institutions within the region, offer insight into the artistic patrimony of the city.

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