posted on May, 9 2015 @ 10:56 AM
a reply to: ThreeDeuce
Sandro Botticelli was his nickname meaning "Little Barrel" due to his stature
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, is his true name
He was initially trained as a Goldsmith and may well have belonged to their Guild
He moved in influential circles ... The Medici's of Florence were his patrons ... The Medici family being Bankers for Rome.
Under the Medici's ...He was commissioned to secular paintings such as Primavera, Birth of Venus and Mars and Venus.
I believe this period produced his best and most memorable paintings ... before he was called to Rome to produce more religious themed work.
As for his character ... He was a Romantic at heart ... An admirer of "Courtly Love" inspired by the great poet Dante Alighieri ...author of The
Divine Comedy and Vita Nouva.
Like Dante and the Medici's he was intrigued by mythology and Hermetic learning
He found the inter family feuding in Florence distasteful
His Birth of Venus refers to that myth ... with his own artistic licence of course ...