1444 - May 17, 1510
I’m Italian, with power
under the patronage
of Lorenzo de’ Medici
(A.K.A the first mafia)
Born Alessandro di
Sandro. But changed
his name to Botticelli
by a nickname
meaning little barrel
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One famous family ruled behind the
Grew astronomically rich by
inventing international banking.
At 19, Lorenzo took over the bank
and the city of Florence after his
Botticelli became part of Lorenzo’s
charming inner circle.
• Favorite meal of the time: roast peacock
A basic education and
apprenticed with a
1470 he was running
his own workshop
1475 he completed
The Adoration of the
Who is in the
Time to but your talents to good
Pazzi vs. Medici
Pazzi, a prominent
Sixtus IV and the
archbishop of Pisa.
Murder Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano
April 16, 1478, during high mass in the
Florence Cathedral, assassins savagely
attached the brothers.
Giuliano dies and Lorenzo escapes
The assassins were headed to the man
square, intended to rouse the populace,
but instead they hung them.
Drive home the point
Medici commissioned Botticelli to
paint a fresco of the right primary
conspirators swinging to their death.
Yes, he was the
ignored by visitors
craning to see
Screw you, Michelangelo!
Michelangelo took over.
The Birth of Venus
Lorenzo de’ Medici died in March
Eldest brother, Piero takes over and
brought the downfall two years later
with the invasion of the French army
Botticelli’s patrons abandoned him,
but found work making scared art.
Rock “N” Roll
Botticelli the man.
Great practice joker
A weaver lived next door to Botticelli. The looms
were so loud that Botticelli could not worked. He
complained and the neighbor responses “that is
my house I can do what I want.” The next day,
Botticelli placed a large rock on his roof,
seemingly ready to crash on the roof of his
neighbors’. When the neighbor complained,
Botticelli relied that he could do what he pleased
with his own house. The weaver moved the next
She’s a Super Freak!
Who is next?
Leonardo Da Vinci