Sandro Botticelli

A Renaissance Artist

About Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was born in 1444/5 in Mariano di Filipepi and spent most of his life in Florence, Italy.

His Paintings!

Education and Training

Botticelli was educated until 14 years of age (which is a long time in the renaissance era), and was one of the most educated artists. Because of his dislike of school, he instead became an apprentice to Fra Filippo Lippi in 1461. After Lippi left in 1467, Botticelli began his independent work, but soon later trained under Andrea del Verrocchio and the Pollaiuoli brothers Piero and Antonio. In his series of work he learned about space, foreshortening, perspective, and the movements of the human body.

Botticelli's Life

Botticelli was a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi from 1465-1467, and was influenced by Pollaiuoli brothers and Verrocchio. He wanted to become a master too, so in 1470 he set up his own shop in Florence. Botticelli also had many commissions for the church and for Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent. In 1481-1482, he worked on Sistine Chapel in Vatican. 1510, Botticelli died in Florence, Italy.

Art Work

Botticelli created many paintings, for example, The Primavera, Adoration of the Magi, Pallas and the Centaur, Venus and Mars, and the best known one is the Birth of Venus.

His Patrons

Boticelli's patrons were the branches of the influential Medici family and their associates. His most significant patron was Lorenzo di Pierfracesco de' Medici.

Boticelli's Connection to the Isms

Botticelli connects to scientific naturalism, because of his education towards what he learned. His paintings emphasized on the human figure, had a large amount of linear perspective, and started to drift to less three dimensional perspective to more linear motions. By studying space he was able to learn how the human body worked. Botticelli also connects to secularism, because of all his work revolved around needing to have the detailed human figure and posture, and was very sharp in detail too. He had a belief of naturalness in his paintings and linear motion helped with that.

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About the Painting

The name of the painting is Annunciation, it was made in 1489-1490, and can be found in the Galleria Degli Uffizi.

Significance and Techniques

A lot of linear perspective was used in this painting, it shows full body proportions, has more realistic emotions, the details are very clear throughout the whole piece, and the border in the painting adds a lot of beauty and detail.

Why is it so Interesting?

The way it portrayed shows many of the renaissance detail, but also adds even more to it. The whole set up of the piece caught my attention because of its beauty and emotion. The feelings of it is simple yet so detailed and elegant. I also loved the border around it and how much design was put into it.

The Paintings Connection to the Isms

The painting links most to humanism, because of the nature connection to the people in it by the window. It shows the emotions of a regular being and has a deep feeling creating a beautiful piece of art. In the painting their is a woman and an angel, portraying the relationship between the heaven and the earth.

Work Cited

"Sandro Botticelli." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 84. Detroit: Gale, 2010.Biography in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.

"Sandro Botticelli." Almanac of Famous People. Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.

"Botticelli." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.

"Sandro Botticelli." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.

Creator : Sandro Botticelli
Title : Annunciation

Date : 1489-90
Repository : Galleria degli Uffizi
ARTstor : SCALA_ARCHIVES_1039488845

AR: Sandro Botticelli (1444 or 1445-1510)
TI: Virgin and Child (Madonna of the Guidi of Faenza)
DT: c. 1466
DS: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
AA: ARTstor
CN: LESSING_ART_10310483096

AR: Sandro Botticelli (1444 or 1445-1510)
TI: Virgin Adoring the Child with John the Baptist and Two Angels
DT: c. 1475-1500
DS: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
AA: ARTstor
CN: LESSING_ART_10310483099

AR: Sandro Botticelli (1444 or 1445-1510)
TI: A Young Man Before the Assembly of the Liberal Arts
DT: c. 1483
DS: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
AA: ARTstor
CN: LESSING_ART_10310483105