Sandro Botticelli Essay

628 Words Sep 25th, 1999 3 Pages
Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap

Sandro Botticelli, real name Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, was one of the greatest painters of the Florentine Renaissance. His work, Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap, captures his highly personalized style. He is known for his execution and precise use of lines to portray objects realistically. The Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap will be the source of our discussion, but first a background of Sandro Botticelli's artistic relations is necessary.

Botticelli was born in Florence Italy (1445-1510) and worked as an apprentice to a goldsmith early in his career. He then served as an apprentice to the painter Fra Fillippo Lippi. After working with Lippi, Botticelli developed his sense of
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The light source shines from the left side of the picture while it brightens the right side of the young man's body. It is uncertain who the boy is, but art historians suggest that he is probably a family member of a donor. Through such work Botticelli has proven his devotion to the Italian renaissance.

By Stockstad's suggestions, Botticelli's work is exemplary of renaissance style. First, wealthy families such as the Medicis funded most of his work, which was typical of works of the renaissance. Botticelli's style was developed through apprenticeship. Being a Neoplatonist, Botticelli separated the spiritual world from the world of senses. In this case he portrayed a young man without giving him any emotions. In addition, Botticelli represents the style by trying to create a more realistic view of the subject, unlike his northern counterparts. His work provides a constant light source and has strict linear perspective, as described in the source of light coming from the left shining on the boys right and the sharp line outlining him on the left. The rich red color of the hat is also characteristic of the renaissance. However, the darker tones in the clothing and background tend to stray from the period.

In conclusion Sandro Botticelli was a fine artist of the Italian renaissance as can be seen in his work of a Portrait of a Young Man in a Red

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