|DAY 44||PROFILES IN ART|
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 ...