Wednesday, January 27, 2021

From Medicis to Mythologies: How Sandro Botticelli Became One of History’s Most Influential Artists

By Angelic Villa
Sandro Botticelli, Adoration of the Magi, 1475–76. GALLERIE DEGLI UFFIZI
It’s possible that Western art history wouldn’t have been the same without Sandro Botticelli. With members of the influential Medici family as his top patrons, Botticelli received many high-profile commissions, some of which are considered the Renaissance movement’s best achievements. Throughout the latter half of the 15th century, he produced secular portraits of Florentine elite, as well as religious and mythological scenes that defined a new era of artistic achievement. On the occasion of Sotheby’s sale this week of Botticelli’s rare single-figure portrait, A Young Man Holding a Roundel, which is expected to become one of the most expensive Old Masters artworks ever sold at auction, here is a guide to the artist’s career and seminal works. [More