I am a lover of Renaissance art, and particularly of religious art. Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445 – May 17, 1510), who was an illustrious member of the Florentine School, painted religious and mythological themes as well as portraits.
Interesting facts about Botticelli:
- He was first trained as a hammerer of gold leaf.
- One of his neighbors was the explorer Amerigo Vespucci, after whom North and South America were named.
- His second apprenticeship was to the painter Fra Filippo Lippi; when Botticelli set up his own workshop, Filippino Lippi, his master’s son, joined him there.
- He was one of the painters of the Sistine Chapel; some of his work was later painted over to make room for Michelangelo’s work.
- He was obsessed with Dante’s Divine Comedy and wanted to produce illustrations for it; the project was never completed.
- He almost completely abandoned art during the last years of his life due to the preaching of Girolamo Savonarola, who advocated the destruction of secular art and culture in favor of more spiritual pursuits. If not for the intervention of his patron, Lorenzo de Medici, and his friends, he would have starved.
Examples of Botticelli’s mythological subjects:
Religious art, including some of Botticelli’s beautiful Madonnas:
I love the graceful figures of Botticelli’s art, and the hair–the curls and flowing hair and flowing beards. The draped garments and the sheer veils and fabrics. The beautiful faces (and yet the Christ Child looks a little creepy in some of the paintings). I especially love the Cestello Annunciation with the landscape visible through the window; and the Madonna with Lilies and Eight Angels. Mary looks like a friend of mine, and the four angels on the right could be looking at a cell phone or even posing for a selfie.
Information for this article came from Wikipedia.