Sandro Botticelli Biography
(One of the Greatest Painters of the Florentine Renaissance)
Born In: Florence, Italy
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, popularly known as Sandro Botticelli, was an Italian painter. He was a prominent artist from the ‘Florentine School’ during the Renaissance – a period beginning fourteenth century that witnessed rejuvenation of Roman and Greek culture in Italy. Though initially trained as a Goldsmith by his brother, he could realise his actual talent under the tutelage of Fra Filippo Lippi, an accomplished Florentine painter of the fifteenth century. He was aided by one of the most enthusiastic patrons of the Renaissance - Lorenzo de' Medici. Some of his finest works include ‘The Birth of Venus’, ‘The Mystical Nativity’, ‘Venus and Mars’ and ‘Primavera’. He also ornamented the ‘Sistine Chapel’ by doing some of the wall frescoes. Though he achieved success during Renaissance, his fame dampened during the period of High Renaissance. His work received real recognition only after late nineteenth century when his work was seen as some of the finest pieces of arts of the Early Renaissance by different groups like the ‘Pre-Raphaelites’.