One of the most famous paintings in the history of art, “The Birth of Venus” by Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli (1444 – 1510) is a representation of spring based upon classical mythology. Renowned for his exquisite Sistine Chapel frescoes, Botticeli was a protégé of the Medici family, who safeguarded “The Birth of Venus” during 1497’s “bonfire of vanities.” Boticelli, who was forgotten after he died, was rediscovered by 19th century Pre-Raphaelite artists.
The spirit of the Renaissance is conveyed by Sandro Botticelli (1444- 1510). Botticelli, a protégé of the powerful Medici family, is renowned for his spectacular Sistine Chapel frescoes and his politically charged mythological allegories. Largely forgotten, his work was rediscovered by 19th century Pre-Raphaelites who admired his highly refined use of color and form; they also shared his passion for upholding the triumph of love and reason over primal instinct.