Fra Filippo Lippi was an Italian painter of the 15th century in Italy, a period known as the Quattrocento. He entered a friary in Florence at the age of 14, where he had the opportunity to learn painting. In 1452 he became the chaplain of the monastery San Giovannio and five years later the rector of San Quirico. In 1458 he painted frescoes for the convent Chapel of Margherita of Prato—these are his most important and monumental works and were in turn a direct inspiration on his pupil Sandro Botticelli. Lippi spent the last years of his life at Spoleto, where he was commissioned to paint scenes from the life of the Virgin for the cathedral's apse. His paintings were deeply influenced by the perspective theory of the architect Brunelleschi and by the sculptor Donatello, in particular for his realistic plastic depiction of human subjects. He was perhaps the greatest colourist and technically skilled painter of his time and was equally gifted in the art of portraiture. Prominent artworks by Fra Filippo Lippi include 'Madonna in the Forest' (late 1450s) and 'Madonna and Child with Saints' (1437).