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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 44 PROFILES IN ART

Sandro Botticelli (1444/5-1510)

REDISCOVERING BEAUTY

 

Although Italian painter Sandro Botticelli is hailed as one of the finest artists of the early Renaissance, his work had fallen into virtual obscurity with the emergence of the High Renaissance and preeminent artists such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Thus, Botticelli’s legacy remained dormant until the 19th century when the artistic pendulum swung back in favor of early Renaissance aesthetics.

 

Details about Botticelli’s early life are sketchy. Born in the prosperous city of Florence, he apprenticed with artist Fra Filippo Lippi for a few years before ...

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