Sandro Botticelli [1445-1510]

Italian painter of the Early Renaissance

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi

better known as

Sandro Botticelli*

*He was given the nickname ‘Botticelli’, from the word ‘botticello’ meaning ‘small wine cask’.

was born,

March 1st, 1445

in Florence, Italy

Botticelli was one of the greatest painters of the Florentine Renaissance [and of all times!].

His influence on the course of art history and popular culture has been significant across the centuries in a way rivalled by few other artists.
However, although he was famous during his lifetime, Botticelli’s reputation suffered after his death for several centuries. Perhaps because Botticelli’s work remained rooted in a Medieval tradition that was forsaken during the High Renaissance, his work was dismissed along with Gothic art.
It was not until the 19th century that his work was reappraised and began to be valued highly once more. The Pre-Raphaelite movement rejected the softer style of art espoused by Raphael and later artists, preferring the linearity of early Florentine Renaissance painting, and particularly praising Botticelli.

The main belt asteroid 29361 Botticelli discovered on 9 February 1996, is named after him.

So here’s a glimpse of this master’s work
Young Man, Pitti Palace
St. Sebastian
San Barnaba Altarpiece
Magnificat Madonna
Venus and the Three Graces Presenting Gifts to a Young Woman, probably Giovanna Tornabuoni
Portrait of a Lady Known as Smeralda Brandini
The Outcast
The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child
The Bardi Altarpiece
Pallas and the Centaur

Fresco Saint Augustine

Venus and Mars
The Mystical Nativity
Punishment of the Sons of Corah, Sistine Chapel
Portrait of a young woman, possibly Simonetta Vespucci
Madonna with Lillies and Eight Angels
Mystic Crucifixion
Madonna of the Book
Dante Alighieri

Cestello Annunciation
Portrait of a Young Man
Sacra conversazione
La Bella Simonetta Simonetta Vespucci
Portrait of a Man with a Medal of Cosimo the Elder
Madonna of the Pomegranate
Lamentation of Christ
San Marco Altarpiece
Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist
Portrait of a Young Man
Lamentation over the Dead Christ
Calumny of Apelles
Giuliano de’ Medici
Pala delle Convertite
Adoration of the Magi
Portrait of a young man holding a roundel
Youth of Moses
The Birth of Venus

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  1. Another beautiful and interesting collection, Marina! I might be able to recognize his work now, although the tableaux might be difficult to identify. His faces are quite unique.

  2. Amazing. I’m not a huge fan of religious paintings. However, his work is immaculate. (pardon the pun)
    I adore his portraits of people who really lived. As there were no camera, more importantly no selfies, these images are precious and priceless.
    Crazy, he’s been gone for 511 years. He did live a decent length of time for his day. Average life expectancy was 35 years.

    Another interesting note, I have viewed these paintings to a Genesis post of Oannes that you reblogged. Wow! Talk about juxtaposition!

  3. Such magnificent art, it’s breathtaking. I’m awed by the works if Botticelli dear Marina. Thank you for the wonderful narrative and display of his gorgeous paintings, I could never choose favorite but la Bella is heart stopping! ❤️

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