Botticelli by Mile Gebhart

By Mile Gebhart

The Medici court docket painter Botticelli is likely one of the unequivocal artists of the Italian Renaissance along Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Favoring female snap shots, Botticelli stands aside during the finesse of his traces and the unbridled sensuality of his work. among spiritual and personal commissions this Florentine artist brought the profane into artwork via works of advanced mythological matters, reminiscent of the incontrovertibly masterful Primavera and The start of Venus.

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Qxp 3/9/2009 4:21 PM Page 34 — Botticelli’s Youth and Education — Lorenzaccio (Lorenzino de’ Medici), had abandoned itself to the armed with forks, the twisted bodies and grimaces of the morbid sweetness of servitude and was certainly quite far removed punished, the beastly mask of Satan, all seemed to embody the from Dante and its greatest citizen’s mystical terrors, rage, and sonorous homilies of the mendicants, sung between the vespers hatred. Around the same time, a lonely and misunderstood and the evening mass, from the pulpito and sometimes even from Michelangelo also confessed his religious anxiety on the margins of trestles set up in the parish churchyards.

This Botticini painted a composition similar to the painting of San Pietro Maggiore for the Veste Bianca of Empoli. It must have been this singular similarity of the names Botticini/Botticelli that sealed this legend, at the root of which might have been the Assumption that Botticelli had once drafted in Pisa. It seems that nobody thought of Botticelli’s angels in his illustrations of the Paradise. They reflected the spiritual beauty and purity that Dante so glorified in his tercets, which were fully in line with the Catholic doctrine of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

He is 32. ), The Virgin and Child Supported by an Angel under a Garland, c. 1465. Tempera on panel, 110 x 70 cm. Musée Fesch, Ajaccio. qxp 3/9/2009 4:28 PM Page 48 — Botticelli’s First Works — standing very upright, his face thoughtful without any apparent But Botticelli did not need to scour some distant aesthetic suffering. He does not try to move us with the spectacle of his tradition to find models for his figures. Being a Florentine and the martyrdom. The arrows stuck in his chest, his heart, his flanks, and pupil of a naturalist master, all he needed to do was to look around his thighs, do not seem to bother him.

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