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Botticelli's Witness: Changing Styles in a Changing Florence

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The life of Sandro Botticelli coincided with the close of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th, a period that saw transition from the rule of the Medici, whose name is synonymous with patronage of the arts, to the fanatical reforms of the Dominican Savonarola. A focussed exhibition of major paintings from all decades of Botticelli's career, along with works by his followers and contemporaries, enabled three experts to explore the relationship between his distinct yet changing visual "voice" and the ...

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1997 Paperback New 0964847531. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, NEVER OPENED; 65 pp., black and white & color plates. --Towards the end of the 15th century, the cultural climate of ... Florence shifted from one of idealism and enlightenment under the rule of Lorenzo de' Medici to one of extreme piety as a result of the apocalyptic sermons of the Dominican visionary, Savonarola. This change in atmosphere manifested itself in the late works of Botticelli, creating an alteration in his artistic style that the essays in this publication seek to explore. Read more Show Less

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The life of Sandro Botticelli coincided with the close of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th, a period that saw transition from the rule of the Medici, whose name is synonymous with patronage of the arts, to the fanatical reforms of the Dominican Savonarola. A focussed exhibition of major paintings from all decades of Botticelli's career, along with works by his followers and contemporaries, enabled three experts to explore the relationship between his distinct yet changing visual "voice" and the turbulent Florence society of his day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964847538
  • Publisher: Gardner, Isabella Stewart Museum
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 73
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Chief Curator of Collections at the Gardner Museum, discusses both the cultural context in which Botticelli's works were produced and the trajectory of his career. James Hankins, Professor of History at Harvard University, writes about the impact of Savonarola and religious fundamentalism on Florence in the 1490s. Laurence Kanter, Curator of the Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has written the catalogue entries and an historical survey of critical appraisals of the artist.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Sandro Botticelli as Artist and Witness: An Overview 3
From the New Athens to the New Jerusalem: Florence between Lorenzo de Medici and Savonarola 13
Alessandro Filipepi, Called Botticelli 21
Catalogue 29
Appendix to Catalogue 2 61
Checklist of the Exhibition 64
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