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Sandro Botticelli Biography very rich. Translated, this means "barrel". He was born in Florence in 1445.
The father of the future artist was a tanner. Around 1458, little Sandro already worked as an apprentice in a jewelry workshop that belonged to one of his older brothers. But he did not stay there for a long time, and already in the early 1460s he was enrolled as an apprentice to the artist Fra Philippe Lippi.
The years in Lippi's art workshop were fun and productive. The artist and his student got along well with each other. Subsequently, Lippi himself became a student of Botticelli. Since 1467, Sandro opened his own workshop.
Botticelli completed his first order for the courtroom. That was in the year 1470. By 1475, Sandro Botticelli was a well-known and sought-after master. He began to create murals, paint paintings for churches.
Botticelli considered "their" man almost everywhere, including in the rich royal families. So, Lorenzo di Pierfranchesko de Medici, when he bought a villa, invited Sandro Botticelli to live with him and paint paintings for the interior. It was at this time that Botticelli painted two of his most famous paintings - "Spring" and "The Birth of Venus." Both paintings are presented on our website with a detailed description.
By 1481, Botticelli went to Rome at the invitation of Pope Sixtus IV. He took part in the painting of the Sistine Chapel, which they had just finished building.
After the death of his father in 1482, Botticelli returned to his native Florence. Having survived the tragedy, the artist took up the paintings again. Crowds of customers went to his workshop, so some of the work was done by a student of the master, and he only took on more complex and prestigious orders. This time was the peak of the fame of Sandro Botticelli. He was known as the best artist in Italy.
But after ten years, power has changed. Savonarola ascended the throne, who despised the Medici, their luxury, venality. Botticelli had a hard time. In addition, in 1493, Botticelli's brother, Giovanni, whom he loved very much, died. Botticelli lost all support. Although this period did not last long, because in 1498 Savonarol was excommunicated and burned publicly at the stake, he was still very difficult.
Toward the end of his life, Botticelli was very lonely. There was no trace of his former glory. He was rejected as an artist, and no more orders were made. He died in 1510.