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F is for Free Motion Quilting (Video of the Day)

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In the Meme Time: E is for Editing

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Editing

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Video of the Week #195: D is for Despacito

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Wordless Wednesday: C is for Cactus

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B is for Botticelli

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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.

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Self-portrait of Botticelli, within his Adoration of the Magi.

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 Savonarolawho 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:

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Probably Botticelli’s most famous painting, The Birth of Venus.

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Primavera by Botticelli

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Venus and Mars by Botticelli.

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Pallas and the Centaur by Botticelli.

Some portraits:

Religious art, including some of Botticelli’s beautiful Madonnas:

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Cestello Annunciation by Botticelli.

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Magnificat Madonna by Botticelli.

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The Bardi Altarpiece by Botticelli.

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Madonna with Lilies and Eight Angels by Botticelli.

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Lamentation of Christ by Botticelli.

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St. Sebastian by Botticelli.

 

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.

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Monday Morning Wisdom #200: A is for April Fools

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Monday Morning Wisdom #200: A is for April Fools

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. ~Douglas Adams

A to Z Blogging Challenge

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A to Z Blogging Challenge

Friends, starting next Monday I will be participating in the yearly April A to Z Blogging Challenge. And, as usual, for me (this is my fourth year taking the challenge), I will be adhering to my blog’s focus on the the arts and the creative process. The challenge will come from writing about a topic that starts with the day’s letter. I hope you will stop by daily to check out ARHtistic License and the other participants in the challenge.