Filippino Lippi in the Strozzi Chapel.
The rich banker Filippo
Strozzi commissioned him to paint a chapel in the Santa Maria Novella, Strozzi
wanted the chapel to act as a funeral memorial for his family. The chapel is
richly decorated with classical motifs, figures, and architecture, the main
painting by Lippi is the Exorcism of the Demon in the Temple of Mars.
Exorcism of the Demon in the Temple of Mars. (s)
Set within an elaborate
Roman architectural structure stands the god of Mars his hand raised in
triumph. The lower half of the painting contains two scenes, St Philip
expelling a pagan dragon and St John the Evangelist raising Drusiana from
Madonna with Child and Saints shows Tanai de' Nerli and his wife Nanna, kneeling at each side of the picture. It was common practice to have the patrons who commissioned the work included in the paintings.
Although Filippino’s work influenced many of the painters of
the High Renaissance and Mannerist eras he has been rather overshadowed by the
artists of those periods. Even his master Botticelli has gained a greater
popular following than his gifted pupil. However, in his day Filippino was
rightly highly regarded as a master of exceptional talent. His reputation was
such that on the day of his funeral all of the workshops in Florence closed out
of respect for a genuine master of Renaissance art.
Filippino Lippi died 18 April 1504.