Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)
Italian Florentine painter during the Renaissance Period
Botticelli has always been one of my absolute favorite artists from one of my most idolized art periods. He is masterful in his simplicity, and can paint long and languid figures, fingers and toes like no other.
The fluidity and sensuality of Botticelli's figures is remarkable and any time I gaze into his works I am set adrift in a world of gods and goddesses experiencing serene seasons and torrid romances.
I really admire Botticelli's use of bright chroma and strong foreground presence of his subjects. He was not afraid to allow his figures and their marvelous undulating clothes cross the boundary between subdued and melodramatic. His figures almost have a bit of an illustrative feel to them and I can see plenty of Botticelli's influence in many contemporary artworks.
All of the paintings included in this post are works I have been fortunate enough to experience in person between my visits to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. I adore getting up quite close to these large works and letting my view go limp, so to speak. I just allow Botticelli's sumptuous lines to weave and carry me through the panel while getting to know each character in a seemingly very personal way.
I also adore the quiet and poignant way that Botticelli's portrait subjects really stare the viewer back in the eyes. Their features are so beautiful and delicate and many believe that Botticelli put much of himself in them.
Of Interest: During his later years, Botticelli became a follower of the extremist monk Savonarola which caused him to renounce many of the themes of his earlier works as being heathenistic or impure and he wound up eventually burning many of his own artworks in a show of religious patronage.
Any especially powerful Renaissance pieces that have touched your heart? Please share with me in the comments!
originally posted: October 15, 2016