botticelli: lyrical, elegant linearity
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DESCRIPTIONAfter studying how Brunelleschi's (re)discovery of linear perspective forever changed Western art history, we examine Botticelli's lyrical linearity and elegance. Less concerned with science and more interested in allegory, Botticelli, under the patronage of the Medici, created two of the most famous artworks of all time: "Primavera" and "La Nascita di Venere". Videos by SmartHistory.
Sandro BotticelliAlessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi1445 -1510 (Florence)•La Primavera (Spring), 1481-1482, tempera on panel, 2.3 x 3.14m (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)•The Birth of Venus, c. 1483-85, tempera on panel, 1.7 x 2.8m (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)
Self-portrait? Detail of the Adoration of the Magi, c. 1475–1476, Tempera on panel (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)
Sandro Botticelli, La Primavera (Spring), 1481-1482, tempera on panel, 2.3 x 3.14m (Uffizi, Florence)
1. The Three Graces: (Beauty)2. The Three Graces: (Chastity)3. The Three Graces: (Love)4. Venus: (provokes desire through Cupid’s arrows) 5. Flora6. Chloris7. Zephyrus: (note the colour, representing love as lust/violence)8. Mercury: (the god of war, representing love as faith/reason)9. Cupid
Sandro Botticelli, La Nascita di Venere (The Birth of Venus), tempera on panel, c. 1483-85 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)
Primavera/Spring: Listen and think of a question for the classCommissioned for the springtime wedding, May 1482, of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco Medici, cousin of Lorenzo the Magnificent).Things to think about: which side is the painting read from? What is the message for newlyweds?
La Nascita di Venere/Birth of Venus: Listen and think of a question for the class. Also commissioned by the Medici. Based on a poem by Angelo Poliziano, a leading contemporary humanist.Notice the lyrical* linearity and elegance. (No interest in atmospheric perspective.)
*expressing deep feelings