Renaissance Art & Artists
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Sandro Botticelli

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No artist managed to portray the celestial beauty of the Renaissance quite like Sandro Botticelli. Botticelli is a painter in the truest sense of the word because of the way he mastered light and movement to transform canvases into poignant scenes that stir the human spirit. The artist was born in Florence during a time when the art world was on the brink of coming alive like never before. While details about his life following his birth in 1445 are scarce, it is known that Botticelli became an apprentice when he was fourteen years old. It is also known that he had his own workshop by 1470. The works of Sandro Botticelli demonstrate the Renaissance's obsession with heavenly intervention in the human experience. Each work endures as a stunning witness to the elegance and dedication this iconic artist brought to his craft.

The Beauty of Botticelli's Works

Botticelli was a master of creating dream-like depictions of humans and celestial beings. His work is known for its clear contours and delicate contrasts. He brings to life familiar scenes in works like "Adoration of the Magi" and "Madonna of the Book." It is hard not to be drawn in by the elegant poses and soothing colors that Botticelli created. Of course, there are two masterpieces that truly define his legacy as an artist. Those two works are "Primavera" and "The Birth of Venus." Both pieces were completed between 1482 and 1485. These works feature subjects that are at once beautifully personal and alluringly ambiguous. The viewer cannot help but to be drawn into a scene that shows the heavenly side of the human form. While many people only know of the brilliant scenes that Botticelli created, he was also quite accomplished as a portrait artist. His gift for depicting human emotions in an intimate way is evident in works like "Portrait of a Young Man" and "La Bella Simonetta."

The Legacy of Botticelli

The demand for Botticelli's commissioned works had slowed down considerably by 1502. He was still quite entrenched in the art movement of the Renaissance by this point. He was even appointed to serve as a member of a committee that determined where Michelangelo's "David" would be placed. While Botticelli was respected in his day, he didn't receive the same level of prestige that was awarded to many of his contemporaries. Most of his works remained in churches and villas for decades without much fanfare. The works of Botticelli were rediscovered by art appreciators during the 19th century. His works slowly began to be featured in collections around Europe in the coming years. The fanfare regarding Botticelli grew so greatly within the art community that more books were written about him between 1900 and 1920 than any other painter. Botticelli died in 1510 without ever being married. In fact, he regularly expressed his strong disdain for marriage. Whispers at the time pointed to the fact that he had an infatuation with a married noblewoman named Simonetta Vespucci. The object of his affection is believed to have been the inspiration for the female figures in many of his paintings. Botticelli was so enamored with Simonetta Vespucci that he requested to be buried at her feet in the Church of Ognissanti in Florence upon his death.

Masterpieces of Renaissance Art

  • The Mona Lisa
  • The Last Judgement
  • The Last Supper
  • David
  • The Vitruvian Man
  • Pieta
  • Sistine Chapel Ceiling
  • The Virgin and Child with St Anne
  • The Creation of Adam
  • Bacchus and Ariadne
  • David by Donatello
  • Galatea
  • Mars and Venus
  • Sacred and Profane Love
  • Sistine Madonna
  • The Assumption of the Virgin
  • The Bacchanal of the Andrians
  • The Birth of Venus
  • The School of Athens
  • Venus of Urbino
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