Sandro Botticelli

Born 1445, the Santa Maria Novella quarter, Florence, Italy

Life in the Renaissance

Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi grew up in Florence, receiving an education until around the age of 14. At this time, he was sent away to apprentice under Fra Filippo Lippi, learning his art style, as well as that of Masaccio. During the time while Lippi was away, Botticelli learned many techniques from he Pollaiuolo brothers. Sandro had much trouble in school and worked hard at painting. Later he became a follower of the crazed monk, Savonarola, causing him to change his style of life, and art, for the worse. Botticelli used oil on canvas to preserve his paintings longer and created many masterpieces using a traditional art style such as the ones below. His work reflects themes of skepticism and humanism although he went on to paint three fresco scenes in the Sistine Chapel. For much time, Botticelli was under the patronage of the Medici family, specifically Lorenzo de Medici.

Venus and Mars

Another one of Botticelli's great works, Venus and Mars was painted in 1485 and is now located in The National Gallery in London. This piece did not bring about any new techniques, and it shouldn't be expected to, as Botticelli followed the rules of Early Renaissance painters, not contributing modern ideas such as da Vinci an Michelangelo did. It illustrates Venus, the Roman goddess, awake and aware as Mars dozes across from her. This, as well as the satyrs disarming Mars, shows the power of love over war. This painting, along with many of his others, depict pagan ideas and beliefs, showing skepticism in a time when religion was beginning to lose power. I find Botticelli's use of pagan beliefs interesting as well as the theme of feminism in this piece, a strange concept at this time period. If one wished to see a picture of this piece they could follow this link : http://www.italian-renaissance-art.com/Venus-and-Mars.html

Works Cited

"Sandro Botticelli." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 84. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

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AR: Sandro Botticelli, about 1445 - 1510

TI: Venus and Mars

DT: about 1485

DS: The National Gallery, London

DS: Bought, 1874

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AR: Sandro Botticelli

TI: Birth of Venus

DT: c. 1482

DS: Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi

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AR: Sandro Botticelli

TI: Primavera

TI: Allegory of Spring

DT: c. 1478

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AR: Sandro Botticelli

TI: Adoration of the Magi

DT: c. 1475

DS: Galleria degli Uffizi

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