Botticelli & His Works
Born in 1445 in the city of Florence, Italy, Sandro Botticelli grew up to be one of the most prominent early Renaissance painters of the late 14th- early 15th centuries. Under the guiding hand of Lorenzo De’Medici, Botticelli studied first from his brother Antonio to become a goldsmith, but then around age 14, turned his career path around and studied at the Florentine School (thanks to Medici). Some might know Botticelli for his paintings titled The Adoration of the Magi or The Mystic Nativity; which was inspired by the preachings of Girolamo Savonarola. As Botticelli aged, he also grew in wisdom as well as a respected public figure. People began to recognize him not only for his artistic intellect, but also for his contributions to the artistic society as a whole. For example, in the year 1504 (just 6 years before his death) Botticelli served as one of the heads of the committee which decided where Michelangelo’s the Statue of David was going to be placed. Nevertheless, by his death in 1510, Botticelli had completed numerous portraits, some of the more famous ones being Portrait of a Young Woman as well as Giuliano di’Medici, while some of his most famous paintings are: Venus and Mars, Madonna della Melagrana, his version of the annunciation called Cestello Annunciation. Now, we cannot talk about Botticelli and wrap this up until we acknowledge by far his most famous work. Today art collectors and historians have been able to predict the value of a priceless piece of awe inspiring artwork which they estimate to be worth more than £291,000,000 in today's market, The Birth of Venus. Completed in 1486 at the hearty age of 41, Botticelli's Venus has become one of his staple works as well as the go to image when it comes to the depiction of Aphrodite.