Filippino Lippi: Beauty, Invention and Intelligence

Following the international conference on Filippino Lippi at the Dutch Institute (the NIKI) in Florence last December, some of the speakers have kindly agreed to deliver their papers at the Courtauld.

Despite Vasari’s characterisation of Filippino Lippi as ‘a painter of most beautiful intelligence and most lovely invention’ his status as one of the most innovative and accomplished artists of the late fifteenth century – famous in his lifetime, employed by a distinguished clientele at home and abroad – has attracted considerably less critical attention than either his master Botticelli, or his father Fra Filippo.

With this in mind, Filippino Lippi: Beauty, Invention and Intelligence will bring together a group of scholars to discuss this most versatile, original and dazzling of renaissance artists. The conference will offer new insights into Filippino’s artistic relationship to Botticelli and his Lucchese patrons. Questions of style and vision will be explored with reference to his responses to Netherlandish painting, his treatment of space and light, aspects of his chapel decoration and his artistic legacy.



10.45 – 11.15  Registration

11.15 – 11.30              Welcome and Opening Remarks

11.30 – 12.00              Jonathan K. Nelson (Syracuse University Florence): Swinburne, Berenson, and the Origins of the ‘Amico di Sandro’                    

12.00 – 12.30              Michelle O’Malley (Warburg Institute, London) Filippino in Botticelli’s Workshop

12.30 – 13.00              Geoffrey Nuttall (The Courtauld Institute, London): Filippino’s Lucchese Patrons

13.00 – 13.15              Discussion

13.15 – 14.15              BREAK for lunch ((lunch provided for the speakers only)

14.15 – 14.45              Paula Nuttall (The Courtauld Institute/Victoria and Albert Museum, London): From Reiteration to Dialogue: Filippino’s responses to Netherlandish Painting

14.14 – 15.15              Joost Joustra (Courtauld Institute, London): Fathers, sons, and Virgins: Filippino’s Tondi in San Gimignano and the Space of the Annunciation

15.15 – 15.45              Paul Hills (Emeritus, Courtauld Institute, London): Visible Rays in Filippino

15.45 – 16.00              Discussion

16.00 – 16.30              TEA/COFFEE BREAK

16.30 – 17.00              Alison Wright (University College, London): The Temporary and the Temporal: Filippino’s mise-en-scène and the funerary chapel

17.00 – 17.30              Charles Robertson (Oxford Brookes University): Active and Passive: Filippino Lippi as prelude to Michelangelo’s conception of Chapel Decoration

17.30 – 17.45              Discussion and closing remarks

17.45                           Reception


11:15am, 9 Mar 2018

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London