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Sandro Botticelli - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Sandro Botticelli (1500 - 1571)

Born in Florence as Alessandro di Mariano dei Filipepi, Botticelli was given his nickname, “little barrel, ” by his brother and father figure Giovanni. Botticelli studied under Fra Lippo Lippi from 1458 to 1467. In 1480, he began working on the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Although his primary subjects were allegorical and mythological interpretations, he also painted portraits and illustrated Dante’s Divine Comedy. Two of Botticelli’s most renowned works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera. Botticelli was already little employed in 1502; after his death his reputation was eclipsed longer and more thoroughly than that of any other major European artist. His paintings remained in the churches and villas for which they had been created, his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel upstaged by Michelangelo's.

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