Monday, September 12, 2011

Botticelli, Sandro

Primavera (partial detail)
c. 1485-1487
Tempera on panel
203 x 314 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445 – 1510) was a Florentine painter during the Early Renaissance.
Botticelli never wed, and expressed a strong aversion to the idea of marriage, a prospect he claimed gave him nightmares.
The popular view is that he suffered from unrequited love for Simonetta Vespucci, a married noblewoman. According to legend, she had served as the model for The Birth of Venus and recurs throughout his paintings, despite the fact that she had died years earlier, in 1476. Botticelli asked that when he die, he be buried at her feet in the Church of Ognissanti in Florence. His wish was carried out when he died some 34 years later, in 1510.