Sandro Botticelli

1445-1510 Italy-Early Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano di Filipepi) was born the son of a tanner in Ognissanti Florence. Ognissanti was an industrious area and was made up of tanners and weavers. Botticelli spent his entire life where he was born except when he left for Rome to help paint the Sistine Chapel.
When he was sixteen he was apprenticed to the artist Filippo Lippi who was a master of religious paintings. Lippi had an illegitimate son named Filippino by a nun who later became a student of Botticelli. Filippino was considered a great artist in his time.
By 1470 Botticelli had his own studio and was receiving commissions through connections with the de' Medici family. In 1478, he received a commission to paint effigies of the dead bodies of two conspirators who assassinated Giuliano de' Medici. This brought him to the attention of the Pope. He was brought to Rome where he painted frescos in the Sistine Chapel. He was now a renowned artist and received numerous commissions and was considered the best painter in Florence.
In 1494 things worsened for Botticelli due to political events and the invasion of Charles VIII of France. His fortunes floundered more in 1502 when he was suspected of sodomy. He was receiving very little work by this time. His later years were over shadowed by Leonardo and Michelangelo and he was largely a forgotten artist after his death in 1510.

 

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Three Scenes from
the Story of Esther

Three Scenes from the Story of Esther

Cestello
Annunciation

Cestello Annunciation

Venus
and Mars

Venus and Mars

Man with
a Medal

Young Man with a Medal

The
Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

A Young
Woman

Portrait of a Young

the
Primavera

Primavera

A
Young Man

Portrait of a Young  Man

Adoration
of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi

The
Lamentation

The Lamentation

The Bardi
Alterpiece

The Bardi Alterpiece

The
Calumny

The Calumny of Apelles

Madonna of the
Magnificat

Madonna of the Magnificat

The Mystic
Nativity

The Mystic Nativity

San
Barnaba

The San Barnaba Alterpiece

a young man
with red hat

a young man with red hat

Inferno,
Canto XVIII

Inferno, Canto Eighteen

Calling
of Moses

The Trials and Calling of Moses

The Story
of Virginia

The Story of Virginia

Portrait
of Dante

Portrait of Dante

Young
Woman

Young Woman

Virgin and Child
with Six Angels

Virgin and Child with Six Angels and the Baptist

Adoration
of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi

Madonna of the
Pomegranate

Madonna of the Pomegranate

Saint Augustine
in His Cell

Saint Augustine in His Cell

Agony
in the Garden

Agony in the Garden

Madonna of the
Magnificat detail

Madonna of the Magnificat detail

The Discovery of the
Murder of Holofernes

The Discovery of the Murder of Holofernes

Story
of Lucretia

Story of Lucretia

The
Annunciation

The Annunciation

Punishment
of Korah

The Punishment of Korah and the Stoning of Moses and Aaron

The Return of Judith
to Bethulia

The Return of Judith to Bethulia

The Story of Nastagio
degli Onesti One

The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti first episode

The Story of Nastagio
degli Onesti Two

The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti second episode

The Story of Nastagio
degli Onesti Three

The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti third episode

The Story of Nastagio
degli Onesti Four

The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti fourth episode

Three
Temptations

Three Temptations of Christ

Christ Crowned
with Thorns

Christ Crowned with Thorns

Federico Montefeltro
and Cristofo Landino

Federico Montefeltro and Cristofo Landino

Giuliano
de' Medici

Giuliano de' Medici

The
Nativity

Nativity

Lorenzo dS
P Lorenzi

Lorenzo di Ser Piero Lorenzi

Portrait
of a Man

Portrait of a Man

Young
Man Two

Portrait of a Young Man Two

A Young
Woman two

Portrait of a Young Woman two

Portrait
of a Youth

Portrait of a Youth

Giuliano
de' Medici

Portrait of Giuliano de' Medici

Young
Man

Young Man

The Virgin
and Child

The Virgin and Child with an Angel

Coronation of the
Virgin

The Coronation of the Virgin with Four Saints

The
Triumph

Triumph of Mordecai

Pallas and the
Centaur

Pallas and the Centaur

The Last Communion
of St Jerome

The Last Communion of St Jerome

Saint Jerome and
Saint Augustine

The Transfiguration Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine


fortitude

fortitude

saint
augustine

saint augustine

Virgin and Child with
Young St John

Virgin and Child with Young St John the Baptist