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  • Special Exhibition

Filippino Lippi and Rome

Sunday, November 30, 2025–Sunday, February 22, 2026
Location:  010 Focus Gallery
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery
Free; no ticket required

About The Exhibition

After training with his father—the luminary artist Filippo Lippi—Filippino Lippi apprenticed and collaborated with Sandro Botticelli, in whose workshop he developed his own style. Filippino found great success as an independent painter in late Quattrocento Florence and won the favor of patrician families as well as the patronage of Lorenzo “The Magnificent” de’ Medici, the city’s de facto ruler. Upon Lorenzo’s recommendation, Neapolitan cardinal Oliviero Carafa engaged Filippino to decorate his sizable chapel in Rome’s Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The resulting frescoes, painted between 1488 and 1493, are among the most celebrated of the Renaissance. Filippino found new inspiration in the Eternal City; the painter’s designs for the Carafa Chapel demonstrate a shift in both his style and iconography. After returning to Florence, Filippino continued to incorporate his Roman innovations in his paintings for the remainder of his life.

Filippino Lippi and Rome reconsiders the impact of the painter’s time in the Eternal City, juxtaposing Filippino’s Roman artworks with their Florentine precursors and successors. The exhibition places 20 paintings, drawings, and antiquities in direct conversation. For the first time, these related artworks are brought together, and numerous paintings are reunited with their studies. Each object has been carefully selected to elucidate the evolution of Filippino’s artistic practice before, during, and after his Roman period. The Cleveland Museum of Art’s seminal tondo by Filippino, The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Margaret, is the focal point of the exhibition. Commissioned by Carafa while Filippino was frescoing the cardinal’s chapel, this important painting is the only known independent work produced by the artist in Rome. Filippino Lippi and Rome traces the arc of Filippino’s career across time and media, constituting a unique opportunity for scholars and the public alike to discover the artistic processes and iconographic ingenuities of a preeminent Renaissance painter.

Sponsors

All exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Exhibitions. Principal annual support is provided by Michael Frank and the late Pat Snyder, the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, the John and Jeanette Walton Exhibition Fund, and Margaret and Loyal Wilson. Generous annual support is provided by two anonymous supporters, Gini and Randy Barbato, the late Dick Blum and Harriet Warm, Gary and Katy Brahler, Cynthia and Dale Brogan, Dr. Ben and Julia Brouhard, Brenda and Marshall Brown, Joseph and Susan Corsaro, Richard and Dian Disantis, the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., Leigh and Andy Fabens, the Frankino-Dodero Family Fund for Exhibitions Endowment, Florence Kahane Goodman, Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, Marta Jack and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Carl T. Jagatich, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, William S. and Margaret F. Lipscomb, Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Roy Minoff Family Fund, Lu Anne and the late Carl Morrison, Jeffrey Mostade and Eric Nilson and Varun Shetty, Tim O’Brien and Breck Platner, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Michael and Cindy Resch, William Roj and Mary Lynn Durham, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Claudia Woods and David Osage.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    This exhibition was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    logotypes for Cuyahoga arts and culture and the Ohio Arts Council