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the care of Carmelite monks. He took the vows of the order at the age of fifteen, and at the age of fifty eloped with a young nun and raised a family. Much took place in these thirty-five years, including numerous transfers between Catholic institutions. Lippi was appointed head of several convents and was quickly removed from office because of his sexual appetite within the nunnery. When it came about that he finally eloped, he had convinced at least five nuns to run away with him. He lived with two of them and was accused of immoral behavior by the church of Florence. Through out all of this activity, Lippi never lost any support from his patronage and still maintained his fame as an extraordinary artist. Fra Filippo Lippi never allowed his adulterous life as a monk affect the

content of his work. Nor did fifteenth-century Italy make any kind of connection between his creative achievement and his personal life. Lippi?s artwork was heavily religious in nature. It is possible to say that the gentle Madonnas he painted greatly influenced Leonardo?s sibylline females. This can be seen in the painting Madonna and Child. Lippi remains most famous for his Madonnas, which makes one wonder, when considering his personal life, if he preferred to paint women in bible scenes. One could speculate that he liked this best because of his same love of women over the church in personal life. Lippi is yet another painter whose content is not a reflection of his personal life. Not every painter?s life is as detached from their work as Caravaggio?s and Lippi?s. Another

Italian monk, named Fra Angelico did not follow the same path as these two artists. Fra Angelico?s life was the epitome of purity, according to historical record. He was ordained as a monk around twenty-five years of age. Fra Angelico?s life was one of the utmost Christian morality. He lived life as a monk and did not have the tendencies of Lippi and Caravaggio for women and violence. He exemplified what a monk was expected to be. Fra Angelico?s life, by every evidence, ran its course without a question, in uninterrupted service to God. The nickname Angelico was given to him after his death and could not be more appropriate, since many would say no one has created art so angel-like and pure. One of the most common figures in his art were angels. Fra Angelico?s angels sing the

praises of the Lord as if there were no Satan. His paintings of virgins are seen with the dignity of women, but with the innocence of young girls. Fra Angelico?s purity in life is most definitely seen in his artwork. He truly had the brush stroke of God. The artwork of the church was created by a large number of painters with extremely varied lives and morals. Every painter of this time can be said to portray God?s creation as it was intended, but few can it be said allowed their own lives to effect their artwork. While the majesty of God can be seen in all of their works, few could say that each artist?s life and values are shown.