Renaissance, a time of great artists. Maybe the Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli was one of the best.
So Gothic so Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) is one of the most elegant painters of that paradoxical moment and place: the 15th century in the Italian peninsula.
A common culture, full of old Roman myths and Christian history, but political divisions and constant fights among little kingdoms, rich ducats and a powerful Pope, who had forgotten his religious mission.
However, the Art lived a splendorous time. Rich bankers covert in noblemen protected artists to show their new high culture (beyond their money).
The Pope loved artists too, as a collector of fantasies, and Naples or Venice preferred beautiful colors to solid weapons.
Renaissance, a world of mirrors and false illusions.
Sandro Botticelli was in love with a blonde slim woman, almost a Gothic Virgin, almost Giuliano de Medici’s girlfriend (then, Simonetta Vespucci). She is a Venus being born in the Mediterranean Sea, among zephyrs and nymphs… Or were they Medieval angels and holy women? Always confusions!
The confusion of a Neo-Platonist world that matched beauty and truth. The confusion of a time where Savonarola burnt impious masterpieces. The confusion of some people who saw how Humanism was spreading thanks to the print of Guttenberg and the first capitalism started to show its claws: lies.
Isn’t ‘Calumny’ one of the best works by Botticelli? Maybe, because ‘Calumny’ summarizes the painful moments of a birth: our Modernity. A Modernity which still needed to stand up and build its own path.
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**Renaissance: Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter protected by Medici family from Florence. Giorgio Vasari characterized him as a genius in a Golden Age. However, Botticelli’s posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.
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