Renaissance Botticelli Art History ~ 142 Slides ~ Quiz ~ flashcards ~ Public Domain Art
This art work is 500+ years old and is NOT under copyright anywhere. It is in the public domain.

This package includes: The complete Presentation on Botticelli in images and text; a 20 point multiple choice quiz with answer key; Flashcards to review everything covered in the Presentation. (The Flashcards can alternatively function as a visual test of the art work. )

Sandro Botticelli was an Early Renaissance artist based in Florence, Italy. His work was popular in its time and then fell off in popularity near his death. It only was "rediscovered" in the 19th century and has been enormously popular and collected since then. His two most popular paintings are "The Birth of Venus" and "Primavera". The model for both paintings was Simonetta, the most beautiful woman in Florence. She died at 22 but Botticelli just continued painting her. It is hard to find a woman in his paintings who does not resemble Simonetta. Although Botticelli painted many religious figures, he was unusual in being able to paint the pagan mythological Gods as well without the Catholic Church declaring him a heretic.


~Painted by Sandro Botticelli between 1482 and 1485, from Ovid’s literary work, Metamorphoses.
~Venus is portrayed naked on a shell on the seashore;
~On her left, are the Winds (2 flying figures), which have blown her into shore and now shower her with roses.
~On her right. is her handmaid Ora, who has been waiting to dress the goddess.
~The violets symbolize modesty but were also used to make love potions.
~Venus being born is also the birth of love and the recognition of spiritual beauty as a driving force of life.
~The Medici commissioned the "Birth of Venus." It belonged to Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici, a cousin of Lorenzo the Magnificent.
~This painting was the first in Tuscany to be painted on canvas.
~Alabaster powder, used in the painting, make the colors brighter and longer lasting.
~The next slides show the painting as a whole and then details from it.
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