Sandro Botticelli Paintings Oil Painting Reproductions
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Botticelli is one of the most famous of all the Renaissance artists, particularly in the Florentine School. He was born around 1445 and became an apprentice to Fra Filippo Lippi, where he learned and mastered techniques of artistry including the fresco; a very popular art form at the time of the Renaissance. He was also trained as an apprentice to a goldsmith which most likely accounts for the linear nature of the paintings of Botticelli as well as his tendency to use decorative elements within the paintings. The work of Botticelli was done in a quite established style that came before the High Renaissance style of some of the more famous Masters like da Vinci and Michelangelo. However, images of Botticelli’s work, such as The Birth of Venus and Primavera, still remain among the most recognizable paintings of the entire Renaissance. The style of the paintings of Sandro Botticelli was most significantly focused on the portrayal of the human form with sharp contours. The preciseness of the subject matter in Sandro Botticelli oil paintings was characteristic of the era, but had not yet become advanced enough to realistically convey space and dimension in the works. One of the most frequent criticisms of Sandro Botticelli artwork is that it became outdated during his own lifetime and that he did not strive for innovation in the completion of any of his paintings. However, the works can be seen as an early precursor to the mannerist style of painting that would gain great popularity in Europe, especially in the genre of court portraiture. One of the most important reasons that the paintings of Sandro Botticelli have remained so popular and relevant despite their apparent “old-fashionedness” was that Botticelli won the patronage of the de Medici’s, one of the most influential families in Renaissance Italy and even all of Europe. Much of Botticelli’s work includes altarpieces, frescoes in Florentine churches, and other allegorical paintings that were commissioned for specific occasions, such as the marriage of one of the de Medici’s. Later in Botticelli’s career, the figures in his paintings began to take on a rounder shape, referred to as “tondo” which heightened the stylistic individuality of the oil paintings of Sandro Botticelli. Late in his career, Botticelli became a very important figure in the arts in Florence and served on numerous committees to make decisions regarding things like where Michelangelo’s David should be installed and how to create a façade for the famous Duomo in Florence. The most famous and enduring works of Sandro Botticelli are: The Annunciation, The Birth of Venus, Primavera, Adoration of the Magi, St. Sebastian, Madonna of the Pomegranate, Virgin and Child with John the Baptist, St. Augustine in his Cell, The Story of Nastagio Degli Onesti: Nastagio Arranges a Feast at Which the Ghosts Reappear, Three Graces, and Lamentation of Christ. All of these paintings exhibit the religious nature of paintings during Boticelli’s era, and the prominence with which the subjects he was commissioned were given in the world of Florence during the Renaissance.