Italian Renaissance Painter
By: Anna Claire Vawter
Sandro Botticelli’s real name is Alessandro di Mariano
Filipepi. His brother gave him the nickname of Botticelli when
he was a child, and he kept it for the rest of his life.
He lived in Florence, Italy most of his life.
He was an apprentice to the painter Fre Filippo Lippi, a painter
and engraver Antonio del Pollaiuolo, and also worked with
Andrea del Verrocchio.
He had his own art studio in the Medici Palace. He painted
many different pieces for the Medici family.
He made a living off of painting religious portraits and
icons, although he did not like the Christian religion.
Style and Achievements
Sandro was very interested in watching philosophical
debates. This helped shape the genre of his artwork. He
really was not satisfied with anything else he had seen,
therefore, he created his on version/genre of art.
His techniques included: tender expressions on the faces of
the people he painted, decorative details and lines, and most
of the time his subjects looked very sad.
A lot of his artwork included religion and emotions.
His style of art was influenced by the Medieval Times and
Botticelli became recognized as a talented young artist. His
pieces became the most intelligent, creative, and
recognizable art in Florence, Italy. Sandro Botticelli’s
contribution to the Italian Renaissance period was amazing.
Many people still enjoy his artwork today
Botticelli was asked by
the Commercial Courts
in Florence to create a
piece of art that would
cover the wall of the room
where the magistrates
sit. The Fortitude was
his first painting to sell.
Primavera -(Allegory of Spring)
This is Sandro Botticelli’s most famous
painting. It was based on mythology, and was
painted during a time of new ideas.
Birth of Venus
This painting shows that the mythological figure Venus, the goddess of
love, arriving on the island of Cyprus. It was one of the paintings he
did for the Medici family. It was also
Minerva and the Centaur
Minerva and the Centaur is one of Botticelli’s many
paintings that explore the relationship between a man and a
woman. The meaning he was portraying was that “women
have great power to tame the wild and lustful male”.