Sandro Botticelli

by: Harrison G. LeGoullon


  • Sandro Botticelli was born in the year 1445, no one knows exactly the month or day, and he was born in Florence, Italy.
  • He spent most of his life in Florence, Italy. He briefly painted in Rome between 1481 and 1482.
  • He was very much more educated than most people of his time, especially painters. Some think that he may have even known Latin. His official painting master was Fra Filippo Lippi.
  • His lifestyle was good because because he was known as one of the best painters of his time. He had a flourishing career with a lavish lifestyle.
  • He was a painter. He painted the Virgin and Child (top right), the Temptation of Moses, and A Young Man Before the Assembly of the Liberal Arts.
  • One of his first early patrons was Isabella d'Este, but later when he gained more recognition, the Medici family were patrons to him
  • Many of his works show humanism because they express emotion. Many of based upon the catholic church and Christ with Virgin Mary expressing emotion towards her newly born son. Because of his many paintings, idealism is prominent in his paintings. He tries to create perfection and beauty for Christ and Virgin Mary. He also likes to use many backgrounds with depth perception and linear perspective which shows perspectivism.


  • The piece is called Virgin and Child (top right).
  • He completed this piece in 1466.
  • This piece is in Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.
  • This piece did a good job of showing Virgin Mary and Christ. The technique he used was perspectivism. He used linear perspective to draw the eye to the background of cliffs and a building, even though the main part of the picture is Mary and Christ.
  • I really find the background most interesting in this picture. I haven seen a setting like this matched with a picture involving Mary and Christ. The many different oranges and light blues catch your eye right of the bat.
  • This painting shows perspectivism because of the three dimensional characteristics with Mary and Christ and the cliffs in the background. There are many levels to this painting, and by that I mean there is linear perspective with a vanishing point focused upon the dome like building. That building displays classicism because it resembles the Ancient Greek and Rome characteristics because of its dome shape and columns. It is symmetrical in its ratios and levels which adds more to the point.

Works Cited

"Botticelli." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 3 Dec. 2015.

"Madonna and Child ◄ Prev Next ►." Madonna and Child. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.

"Sandro Botticelli." Artstor. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.