Sandro Botticelli

Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (c. 1445 – May 17, 1510), known as Sandro Botticelli, was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de’ Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari later characterizes  in his Vita of Botticelli as a “golden age”. Botticelli’s best-known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera, both in the Uffizi in Florence as well as the small number of mythological subjects which are his best known works today, he painted a wide range of religious subjects and also some portraits.   He lived all his life in the same neighbourhood of Florence.

Portrait of Giuliano de Medici
Primavera (c. 1482), icon of the springtime of the Florentine Renaissance,  Left to right: Mercury, the Three Graces, Venus, Flora, Chloris, Zephyrus


The Birth of Venus, c. 1485. Uffizi, Florence

venus detail

Venus and Mars


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