Botticelli, Sandro (14471515)

Botticelli, Sandro, or Alessandro, a celebrated painter of the Florentine school; began as a goldsmith's apprentice; a pupil of Fra Lippo Lippi; the best-known examples of his art are on religious subjects, though he was no less fascinated with classical—mythological conceptions; is distinguished for his attention to details and for delicacy, particularly in the drawing of flowers; and it is a rose on the petticoat of one of his figures, the figure of Spring, which Ruskin has reproduced on the title-page of his recent books, remarking that “no one has ever yet drawn, or is likely to draw, roses as he has done;... he understood,” he adds, “the thoughts of heathens and Christians equally, and could in a measure paint both Aphrodité and the Madonna” (14471515).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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