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Sandro Botticelli
1445 – 1510
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi
aka Sandro Botticelli “the little barrel”
 Born in 1445 in
Florence Italy during
the early Italian
 Apprenticed at age 14
to a goldsmith
 Apprenticed in 1462 to
Fra Filippo Lippi, a
Primavera (1482)
Like most artists of his day, Botticelli painted
portraits and images for wealthy people and the
church – the only ones who could afford to pay
him for his work
By 1470, he had
his own workshop
His work is
characterized by
figures shown
which look flat,
rather than 3dimensional)
popular in
his time
Sections of
“The Birth of Venus” (1485)
Both “Primavera” and “The Birth
of Venus” were originally
commissioned by the Medici Family, a very powerful banking and
political dynasty which not only ruled the city of Florence but also
produced 4 Popes
Madonna of the Magnificat (1485)
Events in the Life of Moses
(Sistine Chapel)
“Fresco” is a style in which paint is applied to
wet plaster, so the pigment dries with the
surface of the wall
In 1481, pope Sixtus IV
called Botticelli &
other prominent artists
to Rome to fresco the
walls of the Sistine
this was about 27
years before
Michelangelo painted
the ceiling
Throughout the 1480s
Botticelli worked on
many frescoes,
especially in the
Churches of Florence
 Overshadowed by the more famous
Michelangelo, Botticelli stops
 Dies in 1510, requesting that he be
buried at the feet of his (unrequited)
Lady Love