Filippino Lippi (Italian, Prato ca. 1457–1504 Florence)
Soft metalpoint, highlighted with white gouache (some touches of black chalk probably added by later hand), on ochre prepared paper
Overall: 6 7/8 x 2 15/16 in. (17.5 x 7.5 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, Harry G. Sperling Fund, and Gifts from Mrs. Gardner Cassatt, Mrs. Francis Ormond, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, William Benton, Donald Silve, William M. Ivins, Jr., and Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, and other gifts, bequests, and funds, by exchange, 1998
Not on view
Considered one of the most gifted draftsmen of the Florentine Renaissance, Filippino was the illegitimate son of the Carmelite friar—and famous painter—Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406–1469) and the pupil of Sandro Botticelli (ca. 1445–1510). This drapery study, acquired by the Museum in 1998 as by an anonymous Italian artist, is certainly by the young Filippino, complementing therefore the Museum's other two major drawings by the artist (nos. 36.101.1 and 68.204). Made with a metalpoint on colored prepared paper—a demanding technique that Filippino mastered with ease — the drawing is datable to circa 1475–80 and it shows an abbreviated handling of the draperies and a sculptural conception of the standing figure that are typical of the artist's earliest career. (Carmen C. Bambach, 1998, rev. 2014)
Marking: At lower left corner, blind collector's stamp of Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445).
Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, Bristol 1769–1830 London); Robert M. Light; Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15–September 29, 2014.
Carmen C. Bambach "Tuscan Drawings of the Quattrocento and Cinquecento in the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1998-2005." Invisibile agli occhi: Atti della giornata di studio in ricordo di Lisa Venturini. Ed. by Nicoletta Baldini, Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell'Arte Roberto Longhi, Florence, 2007, fig. no. 94, pp. 79, 89 n.18., ill.
Artist: Filippino Lippi (Italian, Prato ca. 1457–1504 Florence)Date: 1457/58–1504Medium: Metalpoint, highlighted with white gouache, on pink prepared paper (recto); metalpoint, on pink prepared paper (verso)Accession: 36.101.1On view in:Not on view
Artist: Attributed to Filippino Lippi (Italian, Prato ca. 1457–1504 Florence)Date: 1457/58–1504Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, highlighted with white gouacheAccession: 68.204On view in:Not on view