Sandro Botticelli

Jacob Statires

Life of Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (1445 – 1510) known as Sandro Botticelli, was an Italian painter in the early Renaissance. Botticelli was born in a house in the Via Nuova around 1445 in Florence, Italy. He spent most of his life in Florence where he was initially trained as a goldsmith by his brother Antonio. Botticelli was the youngest of five children and was the son of a tanner. While training as a goldsmith he was given the nickname Botticelli which means "Little Barrel". Sandro eventually convinced his father that he wanted to study painting and was apprenticed to an Italian painter named Fra Filippo Lippi at age 14. He went on to be a well known painter in the Florentine arts making many great pieces of art such as The Birth of Venus (1485), Primavera (1482), and Cestello Annunciation (1489) which is displayed below. Botticelli's patrons include Fra Filippo Lippi and Lorenzo the Magnificent (Lorenzo de' Medici). Throughout his career of art Botticelli used lots of humanism, individualism, and secularism. Humanism is apparent by the lack of clothing the people are wearing in many paintings, showing them in their “natural state”. Individualism is apparent because many people in this paintings are painted with different facial expressions, which shows the emotion of different types of people. Secularism occurs because he always incorporated the spiritual side of man in his work.
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Cestello Annunciation (1489)

Cestello Annunciation was created by Botticelli in 1489. The real version is housed in the Uffizi Gallery of Florence and has been part of the collection since 1872. Botticelli used a newer style of painting called Florentine which originated from his birthplace (Florence, Italy). The painting shows angel Gabriel visiting the Virgin Mary to tell her that she has been divinely impregnated and will bear the Christ child (Jesus Christ). Underneath the painting on its original frame are words in Latin that read, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee." This interests me because it tells a lot about my religion and the angel really catches my eye because it looks like it would be threatening when it has only arrived to bring peace and good news to the Virgin Mary. Secularism is showed because it shows the spiritual, and religious side of Botticelli and may bring much interest to Catholics, Christians, etc.

Work Cited

Botticelli, Sandro. Cestello Annunciation. 1489. Http://library.artstor.org/library/iv2.htmlparent=true. The Uffizi Gallery, Florence.


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