Botticelli - A Biography by Elizabeth Ripley

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Politian often as the Birth of palace. 56 saw the painting he had Venus was inspired, for as soon finished Lorenzo bought it for his BIRTH OF VENUS UFFIZI, FLORENCE Photo Alinari Visitors to Botticelli's studio of Venus. They saw altarpiece which stood were haunted by the lovely face the same melancholy face again in a huge in another part of his workshop. Sandro he returned from Rome. had started this picture as soon as The beautiful Virgin sitting enthroned, holding her baby on her lap, wore the same sad expression as love.

Was which Savonarola thinking of the panel of Mars and Venus, Botticelli had painted forget the Friar's chest he had just words when he started been commissioned "heathen fable," he chose a Bible painted scenes from the life the story of the Jewish girl When Medici? Sandro could not for the work on of Esther. On separate panels he Sandro had often read married to a Esther's father, Mordecai, refused to Persian king. bow daughter's husband, the king ordered that every land be put to death. Then Mordecai before his Jew "rent his clothes .

Where, Botticelli wondered, would he have room to tell the story of Christ's wanted him to paint. reminded the artist to temptation? A scaffolding was built visited the chapel often, and the artists started to and was pleased work. Sixtus that Botticelli had placed the hospital of San Spirito in the center of his picture. In front was an altar where the ceremony took place. accepted a basin of blood from an altar boy. A A lovely priest woman carrying a bundle of faggots hurried forward, her drapery lowing around her.

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