LIPPI, Filippino
(b. ca. 1457, Prato, d. 1504, Firenze)

Portrait of a Youth

c. 1485
Oil and tempera on panel, 52 x 37 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

A synthesis of the physical and intellectual, the face of this young man becomes the focal point of the painting. Soft blue, gray and beige in contrast with brilliant red emphasize the face, while the window frame encloses the head. The world without is suggested by the blue sky, but no landscape is permitted to detract from the figure. Filippino still depends upon the teaching of his master, Botticelli, in his use of line, but he adds to it a bolder use of paint in modeling the form of the face and costume.