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  • Known as: Italian Early Renaissance (Quattrocento) painter
  • Born: March 1, 1445, Florence, Italy
  • Birthname: Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi
  • Date of death: May 17, 1510
  • Buried: Ognissanti cemetery

    Without doubt, Sandro Botticelli was the most individual painter in Florence at the turn of the 15th century. It can be successfully argued that he wasn't the most influential but no matter: what Botticelli left was exquisitely his own. His work is just breathtakingly, hair-standing-on-the-back-of-your-head, gorgeously, beautifully beautiful. Check out the gallery and dine at a rich man's table with a Botticelli sumptious feast.

    Botticelli was born in the working-class rione of Ognissanti, the fourth-son of a devoted father, Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, a tanner. His apprenticeships included (probaly) under Fra Filippo Lippi and Andrea del Verrocchio. For the latter, he worked alongside Leonardo da Vinci. He was influenced by the Pollaiuolo brothers around 1470, when he painted a Fortitude to go with a set of six Virtues by Piero Pollaiuolo (all seven are now in the Uffizi).

    At the age of 25, he opened his own independent studio. Lorenzo de' Medici was a patron. His work fused pagan and Christian themes for from early adulthood he was deeply religious and in later years when, as a follower of the Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola, Botticelli burned his own paintings which featured pagan themes.

    In 1472, he became a member of the St. Luke's Guild.

    At 36, Pope Sixtus IV included him with other Florentine and Umbrian artists to fresco the walls of the Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, he returned to Florence, Projects included illustrating Dante's Divine Comedy.

    Mystic Nativity (1500: London, NG), a languorous and anti-naturalistic ecstasy, was his last dated and only signed work.

    Little is known of his later work other than the aforementioned Savonarola inspired destruction of many of his own early paintings. As a result, he fell into poverty, and was helped out by his former patrons.

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    Dates of Works

  • Fortitude (c.1470) (aged 25)
  • St. Sebastian (1474) (aged 29)
  • Adoration of the Magi (c.1475) (aged 30)
  • Portrait of Giuliano de' Medici (c.1476-1477) (aged 31)
  • Madonna and Child with Eight Angels (c.1478) (aged 33)
  • Madonna del Libro (c.1480) (aged 35)
  • St. Augustine (1480) (fresco for the Ognissanti church)
  • Madonna of the Magnificat (c.1480-1481)
  • The Temptation of Christ (1481-1482) (aged 36)
  • Scenes from the Life of Moses (1481-1482)
  • The Punishment of Korah (1481-1482)

  • Primavera (c.1482) (aged 37)
  • The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti (1482-1483)
  • Virgin and Child Enthroned between Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist (Bardi altarpiece) (1484) (aged 39)

  • The Birth of Venus (c.1485) (aged 40)
  • Madonna of the Pomegranate (c.1487) (aged 42)
  • Virgin and Child with Four Angels and Six Saints (San Barnabas altarpiece) (c.1487)
  • Coronation of the Virgin with the Saints John the Evangelist, Augustine, Jerome and Eligius (San Marco altarpiece) (c. 1490-1492) (aged 45)
  • Madonna del Padiglione (c.1493) (aged 48)
  • Calumny of Apelles (c.1494-1495) (aged 49)
  • The Story of Virginia (c.1496-1504) (aged 51-59)
  • The Story of Lucretia (c.1496-1504)
  • Mystic Nativity (1500) (aged 55)
  • St. Zenobius panels (1500-1505) (aged 55-60)

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    Gallery

    sandro botticelli / annunciation sandro botticelli sandro botticelli / portrait of a man holding a medallion of cosimo sandro botticelli sandro botticelli sandro botticelli / adoration of the magi sandro botticelli / adoration of the magi sandro botticelli / angel, from the 'coronation of the virgin', c. 1488-90 (detail)
    sandro botticelli / angels (detail from the coronation) sandro botticelli / annunciation sandro botticelli / birth of venus sandro botticelli / birth of venus (detail) sandro botticelli / calumny sandro botticelli / detail from st. augustine in his study sandro botticelli / detail from the madonna del padiglione sandro botticelli / detail of the child with pomegranate from the madonna della melagrana
    sandro botticelli / fortitude, 1470 sandro botticelli / la primavera, detail sandro botticelli / la primavera sandro botticelli / lamentation of christ, c.1490 sandro botticelli / lamentation over dead christ (poldi pezzoli pieta) sandro botticelli / madonna and child (detail) sandro botticelli / madonna and child with angels, c.1465 sandro botticelli / madonna and child with angels
    sandro botticelli / madonna and child with st. john the baptist, detail of the madonna and child sandro botticelli / madonna and child with st. john the baptist sandro botticelli / madonna and child sandro botticelli / madonna del libro sandro botticelli / madonna della melagrana sandro botticelli / madonna of the rosegarden #2 (with st. john baptist) sandro botticelli / mystic nativity, 1500 sandro botticelli / mystic nativity
    sandro botticelli / portrait of a young man, c.1480-85 (tempera & oil on panel) sandro botticelli / portrait of giuliano de' medici sandro botticelli / primavera, detail of cupid sandro botticelli / primavera, detail of flora sandro botticelli / primavera, detail of flowers sandro botticelli / primavera, detail of the three graces and mercury sandro botticelli / primavera, detail of the zephyr, and flora as the hour of spring sandro botticelli / primavera, detail of two of the three graces
    sandro botticelli / primavera, detail of venus, c.1478 sandro botticelli / primavera sandro botticelli / st. augustine in his cell, c.1480 (fresco) sandro botticelli / st. augustine, from the 'coronation of the virgin', c. 1488-90 (detail) sandro botticelli / st. john the evangelist, from the altarpiece of st. mark, c. 1488-90 (detail) sandro botticelli / st. augustine in his cell, c. 1480 sandro botticelli / st. augustine in his cell sandro botticelli / story of nastagio degli onesti, nastagio's vision of the ghostly pursuit in the forest, 1483 or 87
    sandro botticelli / the adoration of the kings, c. 1470-75 sandro botticelli / the adoration of the magi, 1481-82 sandro botticelli / the adoration of the magi, detail of depicting self portrait and those of the medici family sandro botticelli / the agony in the garden, c. 1500 sandro botticelli / the birth of venus,  detail sandro botticelli / the birth of venus, 1480 sandro botticelli / the birth of venus, 1480 sandro botticelli / the coronation of the virgin, c. 1480
    sandro botticelli / the lamentation of christ, c.1490 sandro botticelli / the lamentation of christ, detail of mary magdalene and the feet of christ, c.1490 sandro botticelli / the madonna and child with the infant saint john the baptist sandro botticelli / the madonna and child with the young saint john the baptist in a landscape sandro botticelli / the madonna del padiglione sandro botticelli / the madonna of the magnificat, detail of the virgin's face and crown, 1482 sandro botticelli / the madonna of the magnificat, detail of three boys, 1482 sandro botticelli / the punishment of korah, dathan and abiram, 1481
    sandro botticelli / the purification of the leper and the temptation of christ, in the sistine chapel, 1481 sandro botticelli / the purification of the leper and the temptation of christ sandro botticelli / the story of nastagio degli onesti, nastagio arranges a feast at which the ghosts reappear, 1483-87 sandro botticelli / the story of nastagio degli onesti, the disembowelment of the woman pursued, 1483-87 sandro botticelli / the wedding feast sandro botticelli / the story of nastagio degli onesti sandro botticelli / the virgin and child surrounded by angels sandro botticelli / the virgin and the infant surrounded by angels
    sandro botticelli / the youth of moses, in the sistine chapel, 1481 sandro botticelli / the three graces sandro botticelli / three graces sandro botticelli / venus and mars (detail) sandro botticelli / venus and mars, c.1485 sandro botticelli / venus and the graces offering gifts to a young girl, 1486 (fresco) sandro botticelli / venus and the three graces offering gifts to a young girl, detail of one of the graces, c. 1483 sandro botticelli / venus and the three graces offering gifts to a young girl, detail of one of the graces, c. 1483
    sandro botticelli / venus pudica sandro botticelli / virgin and child with saints from the altarpiece of san barnabas, c. 1487 sandro botticelli / virgin of the pomegranate sandro botticelli / the punishment of korah,  1481-1482

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    Canvas Prints

    Wonderful canvas prints that have to be seen to be believed.

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    Sandro Botticelli - The Birth of Venus Large Canvas Print

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    Sandro Botticelli - Madonna of the Eucharist Large Canvas Print

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    Sandro Botticelli - Young Woman (Simonetta Vespucci?) Large Canvas Print

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