The Sensational Sandro Botticelli

1445- May 7, 1510, Florence, Italy


Where was Sandro Botticelli spend most of his life?

Born with the name Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, Sandro Botticelli private life has very little documentation. It is thought that he spent much of his teenage years in Florence with painting master Fra Fliiippo Lippi. He established a studio and a reputation. In 1481, Botticelli made his only departure from Florence to paint in Rome. This lasted one year and upon return to Florence, his career flourished. He remained in Florence until his death in 1510.

Botticelli's education or training

Sandro Botticelli, was sick much of his youth and studied instead of apprenticing like other boys at the age of ten. He was much better educated than other boys destined for a career in art. He may have read Latin. His first artistic training was with a goldsmith, thought to be his brother Antonio. His first work was influenced by the goldsmith tradition. It revealed skill in fragile small scale work. His early years showed exaggerated proportions and linear contours. He was highly commissioned, even by the Medici family. While painting in Rome, he became attracted to ancient works of art. This new breadth of Ancient Roman art started to make its way into many of Botticelli's compositions. When he returned to Florence, he continued to produce altarpieces and religious work. In addition, he also set out to appeal to the growing secular tastes of the increasing courtly society by painting mature, humanist pieces. Despite this, some of his most religious paintings were created during this time. When trouble hit Florence in the 1490s, he was torn between the religious rumblings. The number of commissions dropped drastically and Botticelli produced a number of small works that reflected the turmoil of the time. Botticelli's later work included several secular paintings which could be viewed as a political statement. His lines were no longer lyrical but contained grainy texture and frenzied motion were a clear expression of his intense views of society.

Botticelli's Lifestyle

Very little is known about Botticelli's life style. He never married and proclaimed that the very idea of marriage gave him nightmares. It is debated that he may have kept a boy, but it was pushed off as slander. It is known that he was a very popular artist and received endless commissions in his early years. This meant that he could probably afford a good life for that time.

The type of artwork that Botticelli created

Botticelli created many different types of paintings and drawings. Some of his most famous ones are The Birth of Venus, The Adoration of the Magi, and Calumny of Apelles.

Who were his Patrons?

Botticelli is considered one of the most famous painters of Florence. His patrons included Isabella d'Este, Pope Sixtus IV, and Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco. It is important to know that his greatest patron was the Medici family, the most powerful family in Italy. He was one of their most loyal and best paid employees.

The isms linked to Botticelli

The Renaissance was a play ground for Botticelli. His early art was overflowing with humanism. He specialized in religious work and specialized in idealism. He used classic mythology, sensuality, religion, and the political strife of his time to make a statement. He made his living painting religious scenes, under the Medici family he was allowed to create an entirely new art genre.

Botticelli's most interesting piece

The piece of artwork that really stood out to me was the painting The Birth of Venus, created in the mid 1480's. This painting today might be found in Florence, Italy in the Uffizi Gallery. Not only is this painting published in books, but authors have used the title of this painting for their novels. You could buy a replica of this painting at any online art store too. The significance of this piece is that this is the way Sandro Botticelli perceived of women, specifically Venus of being born. The techniques used in this is the oil paint used and the definition and expression on all of the human's faces. I describe this piece as a woman (Venus) who was just conceived out of a shell. Whom is a accompanied by two angels, one the left who are blowing on her probably to signify purity. Also, there is a woman on her right with a piece of cloth wavering in the air. Which the piece of cloth is used probably used to cloth the naked women rapidly. The ism signified in this painting is mainly humanism. I would say this because it is a crucial sign of the way Botticelli depicts the people's faces. Their expressions are pure and descriptive in the emotion that they depict. Finally, I find this piece fascinating because of its appeal. For instance the body is depicted as normal, unlike today. Also it makes me feel more and more like the ocean is a calm and holy place. It just caught my eye just based of of the vibrant colors used too.
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Works Cited

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