"The Coronation of Mary, Fra Filippo Lippi
Description of the picture:
Coronation of Mary – Fra Filippo Lippi. After 1444. Wood, tempera. 172×251
The extraordinarily inspired art of Beato Angelico had an impact on his student Filippo Lippi. But unlike the teacher, with his soul directed toward heaven, he saw on earth a glimpse of heaven, which made him a cheerful person. This is noticeable in the altar form, written for the Renaissance humanist and chancellor of the Florentine Republic, Carlo Marsuppini, created for the chapel of San Bernardo church of the Olivetan monastery in Arezzo. Customer’s hometown.
Lippi’s work on the topic and compositional solution is a single whole, and the master made it three-part most likely for the sake of even greater emphasis the central scene – the coronation of Our Lady. The Queen of Heaven, ascended to heaven, kneels before Christ, hands clasped in prayer, and the Offspring crowns Her head with a crown. The action of Filippo Lippi takes place on the highest marble platform, to which steps lead. The rescuer is seated on a bench, behind which a niche made in the wall is visible, ending with a conch in the form of a shell – a sign of the Virgin Mary and the Resurrection. In the lateral parts of the triptych, the platform also lasts, here the angels are playing music on the left and right. Below are the saints and knees before Christ and the Mother of God, the altar-looking customer and his father Gregorio.
The stage participants are awestruck, even the angels are especially serious. It is remembered that Filippo Lippi singled out this condition in order to adjust the worshipers to an exalted way but yawning, dense halos above their heads, colorful colors of clothes, tangibly written figures give ordinary human satisfaction in the viewer."