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Botticelli, Sandro (1444/1445–1510)

  1. Joshua Farris Drake

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0183

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Drake, J. F. 2011. Botticelli, Sandro (1444/1445–1510). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Florentine painter. Botticelli applied to painting the mytho-poetic visions of Florentine humanism. Contemporary art theorist Leon Battista Alberti admonished painters to “associate with poets … who have many embellishments in common with painters and who have a broad knowledge of many things; whose greatest praise consists in invention.” Botticelli's association with the poets he admired led to artistic inventions that are as poetic as they are profound.


  • Botticelli, Sandro (1444/1445–1510);
  • florentine painter;
  • mytho-poetic visions of florentine humanism;
  • Botticelli's fame, painting of camposanto;
  • Botticelli's illustrations, for dante's inferno;
  • familiarity, with classical, contemporary verse;
  • primavera, compendium of myth and poetry;
  • Botticelli, devout catholicism, flirting with old paganism