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Sandro Botticelli

Italian, 1444–1510

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Sandro Botticelli

Italian, 1444–1510

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Born Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, Sandro Botticelli (“botticello” meaning “little barrel”) created some of the most celebrated paintings of the early Italian Renaissance, including the Primavera (ca. 1478), Venus and Mars (1485) and The Birth of Venus (ca. 1486). Under the patronage of the Medici, the most powerful family in Florence, he became renowned for his graceful portraits of Florentine aristocracy and ecclesiastical and mythical figures dressed in filmy drapery, which seem to float weightlessly against their backgrounds. Diverging from many of his contemporaries’ interest in naturalistic depictions and anatomy, Botticelli often rendered his subjects with elongated limbs and hands delineated through subtle use of contour, thereby inventing a style that foregrounded Mannerism and influenced generations of artists from the Pre-Raphaelites to contemporary artists like John Currin.

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Biography

Born Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, Sandro Botticelli (“botticello” meaning “little barrel”) created some of the most celebrated paintings of the early Italian Renaissance, including the Primavera (ca. 1478), Venus and Mars (1485) and The Birth of Venus (ca. 1486). Under the patronage of the Medici, the most powerful family in Florence, he became renowned for his graceful portraits of Florentine aristocracy and ecclesiastical and mythical figures dressed in filmy drapery, which seem to float weightlessly against their backgrounds. Diverging from many of his contemporaries’ interest in naturalistic depictions and anatomy, Botticelli often rendered his subjects with elongated limbs and hands delineated through subtle use of contour, thereby inventing a style that foregrounded Mannerism and influenced generations of artists from the Pre-Raphaelites to contemporary artists like John Currin.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Articles Featuring Sandro Botticelli
How Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” Challenged Depictions of the Nude in Art
Dec 3rd, 2019
How Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” Challenged Depictions of the Nude in Art
The 15 Best Booths at Frieze London and Frieze Masters
Oct 3rd, 2019
The 15 Best Booths at Frieze London and Frieze Masters
Untangling the Symbolism of Art History’s Most Famous Redheads
May 24th, 2019
Untangling the Symbolism of Art History’s Most Famous Redheads
Botticelli’s Gruesome Paintings Reveal a Little-Known Side to His Work
May 23rd, 2019
Botticelli’s Gruesome Paintings Reveal a Little-Known Side to His Work
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