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Italian Renaissance Painter By: Anna Claire Vawter 1st Period Background Sandro Botticelli’s real name is Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi. His brother gave him the nickname of Botticelli when he was a child, and he kept it for the rest of his life. He lived in Florence, Italy most of his life. He was an apprentice to the painter Fre Filippo Lippi, a painter and engraver Antonio del Pollaiuolo, and also worked with Andrea del Verrocchio. He had his own art studio in the Medici Palace. He painted many different pieces for the Medici family. He made a living off of painting religious portraits and icons, although he did not like the Christian religion. Style and Achievements Sandro was very interested in watching philosophical debates. This helped shape the genre of his artwork. He really was not satisfied with anything else he had seen, therefore, he created his on version/genre of art. His techniques included: tender expressions on the faces of the people he painted, decorative details and lines, and most of the time his subjects looked very sad. A lot of his artwork included religion and emotions. His style of art was influenced by the Medieval Times and Botticelli became recognized as a talented young artist. His pieces became the most intelligent, creative, and recognizable art in Florence, Italy. Sandro Botticelli’s contribution to the Italian Renaissance period was amazing. Many people still enjoy his artwork today Paintings The Fortitude Botticelli was asked by the Commercial Courts in Florence to create a piece of art that would cover the wall of the room where the magistrates sit. The Fortitude was his first painting to sell. Primavera -(Allegory of Spring) This is Sandro Botticelli’s most famous painting. It was based on mythology, and was painted during a time of new ideas. Birth of Venus This painting shows that the mythological figure Venus, the goddess of love, arriving on the island of Cyprus. It was one of the paintings he did for the Medici family. It was also Minerva and the Centaur Minerva and the Centaur is one of Botticelli’s many paintings that explore the relationship between a man and a woman. The meaning he was portraying was that “women have great power to tame the wild and lustful male”.