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Alessandro Botticelli

Alessandro Botticelli
Life Dates
(1444/45 - 1510)
Early Renaissance

Alessandro Botticelli Biography

Alessandro (Sandro) Botticelli was born in Florence in 1444 or 1445, the fourth son of Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, a tanner. Alessandro's nickname was derived from the one given to his eldest brother Giovanni, who, because of his corpulence, was called "Il Botticello" (little barrel). It is believed that Botticelli was apprenticed as a goldsmith before being sent, probably in the beginning of the 1460s, to Fra Filippo Lippi in order to study painting.

Since 1470, Botticelli ran his own workshop in Florence and, in 1472, he became a member of the St. Luke's Guild. His early woks were mostly small religious pieces. In 1470, he was commissioned...

Alessandro Botticelli 61 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

Alessandro Botticelli Bibliography

Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.

Botticelli. by V. Graszhenkov. Moscow. 1962.

Sandro Botticelli. by T. Kustodiyeva. Leningrad. 1971.

Sandro Botticelli. by G. Dunayev. Moscow. 1977.

Botticelli by Federico Zeri (Editor), Marco Dolcetta (Editor), Sandro Botticelli. NDE Publishing, 2000.

Sandro Botticelli: Life and Work by Ronald Lightbown. Abbeville Press, 1989.

The Painter's Daughter: The Story of Sandro Botticelli and Alessandra Lippi by Carolyn Street LaFond. Frederic C. Beil Publisher, 2002.

Sandro Botticelli: The Picture Cycle for Dante's Divine Comedy by Hein-Thomas Altcappenberg. Royal Academy Books, 2000.

Botticelli by Pierluigi De Vecchi, Daniel Arasse. Skira, 2004.

Sandro Botticelli 1444/45-1510 (Basic Art) by Taschen, Barbara Deimling. Taschen, 2000.