Sandro Botticelli

1445-1510

The Life of Sandro Botticelli

Born 1455 in Florence, Italy, as Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, Sandro Botticelli was a son of a tanner most likely apprenticed to Fra Filippo Lippi. He was a painter. His first works were in the Florentine style, which was not focused on being realistic, but had humanist qualities. Botticelli had many patrons within the Medici family, including Lorenzo the Magnificent, whose cousin commissioned La Primavera and The Birth of Venus. Those paintings were unique because they included nude mythological figures, which are a part of why secularism became a trend in painting. Botticelli remained in Florence for the majority of his life. Botticelli worked for the Medici, until they went into exile and Savonarola took over. When the Medici returned, Botticelli continued to receive commissions from them until he grew older and the quality of his work fell.

Famous Works

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La Primavera

La Primavera was created in 1478. It is currently located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, where it was created. La Primavera, translated from Italian, is "Spring," which relates to the painting because it depicts the goddess Venus, who is a goddess of fertility, which is often related to spring. The significance of this painting lies in its depiction of mythological figures and pagan deities, which make this painting secular. The very fact that it is a secular painting makes it significant, because the church was in power and most artists would make religious paintings. I find this painting interesting because of the contrast between the light and the dark colors. The dark forest seems to have little effect on the bright clothing of the figures depicted. The woman in black on the right piques my interest, because she seems to be stealing away a woman from the scene.

Works Cited


"Botticelli." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.


"Sandro Botticelli." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.


Sandro Botticelli, about 1445 - 1510 Venus and Mars about 1485 The National Gallery, London;Bought, 1874 ARTstor ANGLIG_10313767652 http://library.artstor.org/library/secure/ViewImages?id=8D5JfzAoMloyLyw4fzx7RXou


Sandro Botticelli Birth of Venus c. 1482 Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi ARTstor SCALA_ARCHIVES_1031314669 http://library.artstor.org/library/secure/ViewImages?id=4iFCeTg4NCciJy8laCt2KngqXXspeF98dg%3D%3D


"Sandro Botticelli." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.


Sandro Botticelli Pallas and the Centaur;Minerva and the Centaur (Camilla and the Centaur) c. 1482 Galleria degli Uffizi ARTstor SCALA_ARCHIVES_1039488660 http://library.artstor.org/library/secure/ViewImages?id=4iFCeTg4NCciJy8laCt2KngqVXQnfVN8fw%3D%3D


Sandro Botticelli Primavera;Allegory of Spring c. 1478 Galleria degli Uffizi ARTstor SCALA_ARCHIVES_1031314668 http://library.artstor.org/library/secure/ViewImages?id=4iFCeTg4NCciJy8laCt2KngqXXspeF98dw%3D%3D