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The genius of the Florentine Early Renaissance

Image Credit: Probable self-portrait of Botticelli, in his Adoration of the Magi (1475) via Wikipedia

Sandro Botticelli

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (c. 1445 – May 17, 1510), who is widely known as Sandro Botticelli, was an Early Renaissance Italian painter. He was part of the Medici's court artistic group and was highly regarded among his contemporaries but later his work was forgotten until the 19th century. The Pre-Raphaelites rediscovered him and since then his pictures are praised as some of the most important forerunners of the High Renaissance. As opposed to the voluminous, sculpture-like style of latter artists like Michelangelo or Raphael, he put the accent on the linear grace of the personages represented.

The work of Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli is usually associated with mythological and Neoplatonist subjects, though he created a wide range of religious paintings and portraits. He painted some of the frescos in The Sistine Chapel. Nevertheless, his most popular renderings are Primavera and The Birth of Venus. Botticelli shared his visions with humanists like Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola. The allegories that he painted are repleted with a fusion of ancient Greek mythology and modern humanist thought. However, at the end of his life, his style diverged from the mainstream of the oncoming High Renaissance and returned to what was described by many as late Gothic. Nonetheless, Sandro Botticelli is seen as one of the irreplaceable figures for the maturing of the Florentine Renaissance.

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