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Botticelli Sandro (1445-1510)


  Italian Version



 Sandro Botticelli:  (1445-1510), was an Italian Renaissance painter who lived and worked in Florence.


The distinctive pictures

 His pictures are distinctive for their clear, rhythmic line, delicate color, lavish decoration, and poetic feeling. He did not share the interest of his fellow  Florentines in nature and science. As a result, he did not try to represent space according to the laws of perspective, or the human body and its movements according to the laws of anatomy.


Dante's Divine Comedy 

 Botticelli's work is of two kinds. In one, he showed his fundamental love of playful, worldly splendor. His paintings of this kind usually had mythological subjects. One of his most famous paintings on a mythological subjects "Birth of Venus" is reproduced in color in the painting article. His other kind of work shows more restrained, serius feeling. Examples are his illustrations of Dante's Divine Comedy and his religious pictures. Even in his early years, he painted several sweet, but grave. Madonnas.



 In the late 1490's, in Florence, Botticelli became so moved by Savonarola's preaching against worldliness that he burned some of his own worldly pictures and painted only religious ones afterward.



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The study 

 Botticelli was born Alessandro Filipepi. He studied with Fra Filippo Lippi and was greatly influenced by the sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio and the painter  and sculptor Antonio del Pollaiuolo. Botticelli's paintings include frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome; the Madonna called the Magnificat and the portrait of a Medici, both in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence; the Adoration of the Magi in the National Gallery of Art in Washington ; and the "Last Communion" of St. Jerome in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.



The Botticelli's works of art


  "The Adoration of the Magi" tempera on panel 1470-75 Galleria degli Uffizi Florence

  "Madonna of the Magnificat" tempera on panel c.1485 in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence

  "Madonna and Child and six Angels" c. 1487 Uffizi in Florence

  "The Cestello Annunciation" tempera on panel c. 1489 Uffizi Florence

  "La Primavera" 1477-78 "Allegory of Spring" painted for the villa of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici at Castello
now in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence

  "Birth of Venus" in the Uffizi Florence


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