LIPPI, Fra Filippo
(b. 1406, Firenze, d. 1469, Spoleto)

Coronation of the Virgin (detail)

Tempera on wood
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Remarkably, in this densely populated picture, St Theopista calls attention to herself more than any other figure, magnetically drawing the beholder's eye. Light rakes across her features, reflecting off the smooth skin of her rounded cheeks and high forehead. But it is her intense gaze out of the picture space that guarantees that the beholder's eye will come to rest upon her. Her eyes are large, deep set, wide open, and framed by fashionably manicured eyebrows.