LIPPI, Fra Filippo
(b. 1406, Firenze, d. 1469, Spoleto)
Adoration of the Child with Saints1460-65
Panel, 146 x 157 cm
Museo Civico, Prato
The importance of Lippi's late period is revealed by this Nativity, set in a landscape in which a mental idea of the setting and not its real condition is projected. The painter produces a classical balance between plasticity and line. The extremely fine and elegant line softens the profiles and lessens the compactness of the forms.