"Lippi was an artist, engaged to Lucretia, a noble lady, whose father forced her into a convent to prevent the marriage. Lippi, ignorant of her retreat, was engaged by the convent authorities to paint an altar-piece representing the holy trinity. Lucretia was selected by the sisters as the model for the virgin in the picture. The painter and model recognized each other during the painting, and, escaping from the convent, were married. Both were excommunicated. Lucretia died soon afterward, and Lippi became a monk, known as Fra Filippo Lippi. He continued to paint however, as long as he lived. There is another version of this story, which, if true, is not creditable to Lippi. It will be found in the work of Vasari. (Lives of Painters, Sculptors, Architects, etc.)" [P. 81.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.