- Mintage Limit - 3000
- Filippo Lippi MADONNA and Child With Two Angels
- Coin in capsule+with Certificate of Authenticity + BOX
As part of the "The Renaissance Madonna" series of silver coins, this release celebrates the "Madonna & Child With Two Angels", painted by Fra' Filippo Lippi in 1465. The coin is one of a number of silver coins that will be produced, dedicated to a famous artists who have honoured the Madonna in paintings during the Renaissance. This work by Filippo Lippi, painted around 1465, is one of his best known and most admired paintings of the Renaissance.
The life of Filippo Lippi, a Carmelite monk, makes an interesting tale. The monk was not exactly devoted to his religious duties and fell in love with a nun, Lucrezia Buti. His love was returned by the nun Lucrezia and, after years of a passionate “secretive” affair, they both were forced to renounce their religious votes. They had two children, a daughter and a son, Filippino, who would later become a a brilliant painter following in the steps of his father.
The popularity of this work of art likely comes from the fact that many think the semblance of the Madonna may actually be the portrait of Lucrezia Buti. The Virgin Mary is depicted in profile, praying in front of the Child supported by two angels whose faces actually make them look like two rascalsor young boys. Behind them is a beautiful landscape inspired by Flemish paintings. The Virgin’s hairstyle is very elegant and embellished with pearls and veils.
The sweetness of the composition, as well as the gracefulness of the veils and the woman’s hairdressing would later become a model of elegance for many painters, such as Botticelli. In fact, the author of “The Birth of Venus” and the “Spring”, was not only a pupil of Filippo Lippi’s, but also a close friend and co-worker of the master’s son, Filippino.
Paying homage to his spectacular work – this 2013 Renaissance Madonna Silver Proof features the world acclaimed Renaissance painting; this spectacular full colour coin combines history with innovation - creating an outstanding testament to Lucas Cranach.
Struck to immaculate Proof quality from .999 fine silver, each 60mm x 40mm rectangular flan is shaped with a convex ellipse arched top. A truly unique release, this legal tender issue is restricted to a mintage of just 3,000 coins!