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