Sandro Botticelli

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Art critics’ today state that no painter was ever able to capture the true essence of a woman as well as Botticelli did in his paintings. One of the young protégés of the Early Renaissance period, Botticelli is credited for introducing the golden age of art in Italy.  His real name was quintessentially Italian – Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Fillipepi, but he much preferred to be known as simply Sandro Botticelli.

Many art lovers are dismayed by the fact that, during the time he was alive and the years following his death Botticelli’s work got overshadowed due to Renaissance style and the advent of Michelangelo and Raphael. It took many years for Botticelli’s work to gain momentum and finally be accepted as magnum opus in the early nineteenth century. Botticelli was born March 1, 1445 into a family of tanners and goldsmiths; it was a meeting with Filippo Lippi where he learnt the art of painting. Botticelli was such a fast learner that by the time he was 24 he had his own workshop and was painting earnestly. Later on during his mid thirties Botticelli achieved even more fame and made a name for himself due to his good working relationship with the influential Medici family of Italy. It was through this relationship that Botticelli was able to travel to Rome and paint certain parts of the Sistine Chapel, an honor which was only bestowed to a few greats.

There is an innate delicacy and gracefulness to all of Botticelli’s works, treating every painting of his as if it holds a special place in his heart. At the centre of most of his paintings were often women figures, the beauty captured by Botticelli in his famous works are nothing short of extraordinary. His most famous masterpieces being the Primavera and the Birth of Venus are regarded as one of a kind, and to this day are used in textbooks, plays, and blogs and on pretty much every other channel as the purest definition of the word feminine beauty. The base of his paintings was always oil, Botticelli didn’t experiment much in his life as a painter, and he played it safe which worked for him as it set the tone right for his elaborative paintings. Botticelli never strived to be different from the other painters who were also making a mark at the same time; he simply just painted and painted. There was a sense of poetic gentleness to his work, and attention to detail rather than just some masterful strokes of colors. Botticelli developed his own unique color scheme and stuck to it for most of his life, this scheme added a touch of frailty to his paintings. In his paintings, every object had its own illustration, its own identity.

Botticelli also dabbled in mythology as the core subject of his paintings, apart from religion and the female form. He mixed mythology with the concept of romanticism which is present in his work Pallas and the Centaur and the Allegory of Spring. He used myths and romance as a means of narrative for many of his works, showing both in a rather idyllic sentiment. Many great painters have come and gone, but the way Sandro Botticelli has been able to convey the beauty of the female form through his paintings is sheer brilliance which is unrivalled.

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