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1 Alessandro Botticelli
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi

2 Goal of the Lesson By the end of the lesson the learner will be able to: State the full name of the painter known as Alessandro Botticelli. List two of the most recognized paintings of Botticelli. Name the artistic style to which Botticelli is associated. State who Giorgio Vasari was and what he wrote. State who Lorenzo de Medici was and what his role was in the historical context of the Renaissance. State who Giovnni Savanarola was and what influence he had had on Botticelli. State who Simonetta Vespucci was and role she played in Botticelli’s life. Explain what the “Bonfires of the Vanities” is.

3 Introduction Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi
better known as Sandro Botticelli (c – May 17, 1510)

4 Introduction Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli (c – May 17, 1510) was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine school under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later as a "golden age.” 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. Among his best known works are La Nascita di Venere and Primavera.

5 La Nascita di Venere

6 La Primavera

7 Early Life Details of Botticelli's life are sparse, but it is known that he became an apprentice when he was about fourteen years old, which would indicate that he received a fuller education than did other Renaissance artists. He was born in the city of Florence in a house in the Via Nuova, Borg'Ognissanti. Vasari reported that he was initially trained as a goldsmith by his brother Antonio. Probably by 1462 he was apprenticed to Fra Filippo Lippi.

8 Influence of Savonarola
In later life, Botticelli was one of the followers of the deeply moralistic monk Savonarola who preached in Florence from 1490 until his execution in 1498, though the full extent of Savonarola's influence remains uncertain. "The story that he burnt his own paintings on pagan themes in the notorious "Bonfire of the Vanities" is not told by Vasari, who nevertheless asserts that of the sect of Savonarola "he was so ardent a partisan that he was thereby induced to desert his painting.

9 End of Life Botticelli never wed, and expressed a strong aversion to the idea of marriage. In fact, the idea of marriage supposedly gave him nightmares. The popular view is that he suffered from unrequited love for Simonetta Vespucci, a married noblewoman. According to legend, she had served as the model for The Birth of Venus and recurs throughout his paintings, despite the fact that she had died years earlier, in Botticelli asked that when he die, he be buried at her feet in the Church of Ognissanti in Florence. His wish was carried out when he died some 34 years later, in

10 Ricapitolando Alessandro Botticelli

11 Copy the following questions into your notebooks for answering…
Directions: answer the following questions in English. Quale fu il nomignolo dell’artista: Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi? Quanti anni ebbe quando divenne appredista? A quale scuola artistica fu associato? Chi fu Giorgio Vasari? Chi fu Lorenzo de Medici? Chi fu Giovanni Savonarola? Chi fu Simonetta Vespucci? Quali sono due famossissimi esempi della sua capacità artistica? Bonus: What was the “Bonfire of the Vanaties?”

12 Risorse Internet Web Resources

13 Sandro Botticelli: Google Project
Giorgio Vasari: Google Project

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