Sandro Botticelli Essay

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Sandro Botticelli | Probable self-portrait of Botticelli, in hisAdoration of the Magi (1475). | Birth name | Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi | Born | c. 1445[1]
Florence, Republic of Florence, (now Italy) | Died | May 17, 1510 (aged 64–65)
Florence, Republic of Florence, (now Italy) | Nationality | Italian | Field | Painting | Training | Filippo Lippi
Andrea del Verrocchio | Movement | Italian Renaissance | Works | Primavera
The Birth of Venus
The Adoration of the Magi
Other Works | Influenced by | Fra Filippo Lippi |
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli (Italian: [ˈsandro bottiˈtʃɛlli]; c. 1445[1] – May 17, 1510), was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the
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Recent scholarship suggests otherwise: the Primavera was painted for Lorenzo's townhouse in Florence, and The Birth of Venus was commissioned by someone else for a different site. By 1499, both had been installed at Castello.[5]
In these works, the influence of Gothic realism is tempered by Botticelli's study of the antique. But if the painterly means may be understood, the subjects themselves remain fascinating for their ambiguity. The complex meanings of these paintings continue to receive widespread scholarly attention, mainly focusing on the poetry and philosophy of humanists who were the artist's contemporaries. The works do not illustrate particular texts; rather, each relies upon several texts for its significance. Of their beauty, characterized by Vasari as exemplifying "grace" and by John Ruskin as possessing linear rhythm, there can be no doubt.
In the mid-1480s, Botticelli worked on a major fresco cycle with Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Filippino Lippi, for Lorenzo the Magnificent's villa near Volterra; in addition he painted many frescoes in Florentine churches. In 1491 he served on a committee to decide upon a façade for the Cathedral of Florence.

Influence of Savonarola
In later life, Botticelli was one of the followers of the deeply moralistic friar Savonarola who preached in Florence from 1490 until his execution in 1498, though the

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