Masters of Art: Sandro Boticelli

boticelliFew artists create a niche for themselves among remarkable work and when talking about that, the name of Sandro Boticelli cannot be left behind. Born in the year 1445, the Painter from Italy took his patronage from Lorenzo De Medici in the school of Florentine art and was hugely influenced by Medici’s work. His work and ideas carved the golden age of the renaissance period, as quoted by Giorgio Vasari, another eminent artist of Italy and a World renowned figure at the Vita of Boticelli. While other eminent artists subdued from the scene after some centuries, the art work of Sandro was cherished by generations to keep.

While we know that it takes years of expertise in any field to be a master, the same theory goes for Sandro Boticelli as well. The master started working as a painter crafting his niche in the paintings depicting the linier sacrilege to the renaissance period of the early period and churned out art works like the Primavera as well as Birth of Venus during this period. But he was not that popular in the posthumous period and was suffering from quite a setback. Even though there is absolutely no record showing his place or time of birth, one gets to know that he started his apprentice work when he was at the age of fourteen years. This show that the master started out in his field of work at a very young age among his other contemporaries and received training under Fra Filippo Lippi.

Early Life

As mentioned earlier, there is absolutely no record that tracks down the time and place where the master was born, but some of the records do mention that he was born in Florence in Borg’Ognissanti and started his training at a very tender age. At that time, he started receiving some firsthand training from Antonio, his elder brother, who had an equal interest in art and later on went on to become an apprentice of Fra Filippo Lippi. Lippi molded the tender Botticelli form a linear painter to one of the most cherished painter of all time.

 It was the much ado influence of Fra Lippi that the master went on to create magic with his art work like Adoration of the Magi, Pala di sant’ambrogio and temptation of Christ. Lippi started inculcating the values of a detailed paint work that helped a young Botticelli focus on the enigmatic magic of art and fall of it. Even some of the later work of the master showed the influence of his work as Lippi. Apart from him, Sandro Boticelli was also heavily influenced by the work of Masaccio, another eminent artist of the time, as was evident from the style of his work during the young period.  It was even speculated in some reports that the master traveled all the way to Hungary to take active participation in a workshop hosted by the archbishop of the city where a fresco was created by him.

Master Work

It was in the year 1470, at the age of twenty five that Sandro Boticelli started his own workshop. Even though this was an early period to say anything about the style and kind of work adopted by him, Boticelli, through his clear low light colors and techniques let the World know that the master is born. Two of his most eminent work, one called Primavera that he completed in the year 1482 and Birth of Venus that he completed in the year 1485 were appreciated by Vasari himself. Even though both the artwork were kept safely in a villa, the former work was done for Lorenzo, to be kept at his Florence house and the second one was for a person whose name is still unknown, but was said to be close to the master. Both of these work showed that they had a heavy influence of antique work and showed traces of Gothic realism. These works are remembered as one of the best from the table of the master and have made a fascinating impact on millions of art students from around the World over centuries.

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Apart from these, the other works include the temptation of Christ, the Venus and Mars and Madonna, to be named as few. His art work mostly showed that art was not only about beauty, but also about how the simple discolorisation of a figure here and there could make a significant impact on the entire work. His works of poetry were equally appreciated by artists from around the World. In the year 1510, the master artist breathed his last, but his poised paintings and poems were far from being on the verge of getting forgotten. His work The Mystical Nativity travelled all the way to London whereas another art fanatic brought some of his paintings and displayed the Master’s craft in an art exhibition held at Manchester.



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