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Botticelli : Basic Art Series 2.0 - Barbara Deimling

Botticelli

Basic Art Series 2.0

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2016
ISBN: 9783836542845
Number Of Pages: 96

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With the patronage of the powerful Medici family, a canon of secular and religious work, and contributions to the celebrated Sistine chapel, Sandro Botticelli (1444/45–1510) was well placed for fame. After his death, however, his work was eclipsed from for some four hundred years. It wasn’t until the 19th-century that the painter began to gain major art-historical recognition.

Today, Botticelli is hailed as a towering figure of the Florentine Early Renaissance. His secular works The Birth of Venus and Primavera, mostly read as an allegory of Spring, are among the most recognized paintings in the world, resplendent in their delicate details, graceful lines, and compositional balance. His arrangements are fluid yet poised, his figures serene yet sensual. Venus, in particular, is held up as art-historical icon of beauty: pale-skinned, delicately-featured, soft with fecund promise.

This essential introduction presents key works from Botticelli’s oeuvre to understand the making of a Renaissance legend. Through the painter’s most famous mythological and allegorical scenes, as well as his radiant religious works, we explore a mastery of figuration, movement, and line, that has gone on to inspire artists from Edgar Degas to Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman to René Magritte.

About the Author

Barbara Deimling started working at the Syracuse University in Florence in 1997 and was its director from 2000; in this capacity she was responsible for all matters relating to the Florence Center. She has published books about Italian Renaissance painting. Barbara Deimling lives and works in Florence.

ISBN: 9783836542845
ISBN-10: 3836542846
Series: Basic Art Series 2.0
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st September 2016
Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 21.59  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.59

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