Filippino Lippi’s Madonna and Child, an early image of enslaved people in renaissance Florence


Filippino Lippi, Madonna and Child, c. 1483–84, tempera, oil, and gold on wood, 81.3 x 59.7 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), an Expanding Renaissance Initiative video. Speakers: Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Dr. Beth Harris


Additional resources

Read about this painting on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website

Learn more about the expanding the renaissance initiative

Balthazar: A Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance Art on the Google Art Project

Read more about Filippino Lippi on The Heilbrunn Timeline

T. F. Earle and K. J. P. Lowe, eds., Black Africans in Renaissance Europe, Cambridge, 2005

Joaneath Spicer, ed., Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe (Baltimore: The Walters Museum, 2013)Expand renaissance initiative logo

Cite this page as: Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Dr. Beth Harris, "Filippino Lippi’s Madonna and Child, an early image of enslaved people in renaissance Florence," in Smarthistory, December 1, 2020, accessed July 29, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/filippino-lippi-madonna/.