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Botticelli or the misfortunes of beauty


The life and work of the Renaissance master remain shrouded in mysteries that the splendid exhibition at the Jacquemart-André Museum helps to elucidate in part.

“It was in the time of the Magnificent Laurent the Old Man of Medici - a time which was truly a golden century for artists and all men of intelligence - that Alexander flourished, called, according to our Florentine usage, Sandro, and nicknamed Botticelli … ”

This is how the writer and artist Giorgio Vasari, in his

Life of painters,

presents Alessandro Filipepi dit Botticelli.

If this artist was an essential and illustrious figure of Florence in the second half of the Quattrocento, his fame seemed to die out on his death in 1510. If his work still seems to us as alive and luminous, it in fact disappeared from the screens for nearly of three centuries.

It took the rediscovery of the artist by the Pre-Raphaelites for him to experience a second birth.

Paradoxically, this painter who brilliantly illustrated the beginnings of the Italian Renaissance almost did not survive the completion of the latter.


the workshop of the exquisite Botticelli

This paradox, the exhibition that the Museum

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Source: lefigaro

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