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Sandro Botticelli was one of the first Florentine artists I was presented to in my youth. My mother took this task of trying to make me an art fan and I think she was somewhat successful; After all, I do like art a lot.
Native of Florence, the “Athens of the Middle Ages”, and originally disciplined, by his brother Antonio, as a goldsmith, Sandro Botticelli was born around 1445 and became an important painter of the Early Renaissance.
His late apprenticeship, starting at age 14, suggests that, unlike other artists of the time, he received a formal full education previous to that.
His contemporary Florentine School colleagues were:
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Sandro Botticelli
- Michelangelo Buonarroti
- Neri di Bicci
- Filipino Lippi (also one of his tutors)
Most of them were supported by Lorenzo di Medici during the Florentine apogee, “the golden age”.
Even at start, he already was characterized by low relief, clear contours, and mitigation of contrast, mainly on his human figures.
By 1470, Botticelli had his own workshop.
In 1481, he was commissioned among others to work on a fresco over the walls of the Sistine Chapel, by Pope Sixtus IV.
which brought a new vision of the world for the painter.
After his maturity, Botticelli became a darker artist with the influence of Gothic realism seasoning his studies of antiquity, which brought a great deal of fascinating ambiguity to his works.
This complexity is still matter of great debate around it, specially when faced and compared to other artists, including writers and and philosophers, of that time.
He is known to have portrayed hidden faces of relatives and friends, as well as his own, in several of his paintings.
In 1504 a committee to decide the placement of Michelangelo’s David was formed and Botticelli was cast for it.
His later work, show less strings attached to scale, more distortion, and a higher expressionism of color.
By the end of his life in 1510, the artist became a more obscure painter without any, or very few, commissioned work. It took over 300 years for his work to get a new notoriety and be recognized again.
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You can also read more information about the artist on Wikipedia.