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The Most Beautiful Woman In Florence


Author : Alyssa Palombo
language : en
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date : 2017-04-25


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"In the tradition of Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Palombo has married fine art with romantic historical fiction in this lush and sensual interpretation of Medici Florence, artist Sandro Botticelli, and the muse that inspired them all." - Booklist A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle. Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus. Alyssa Palombo’s The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence vividly captures the dangerous allure of the artist and muse bond with candor and unforgettable passion.

Primavera


Author : Ornella Casazza
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1986


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Botticelli


Author : Susan Legouix
language : en
Publisher: Chaucer Press
Release Date : 2004


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Botticelli's art has proved more magnetic to historians and critics during the past hundred years than that of any other fifteenth century painter. His linear evocations of feminine grace and beauty, epitomized in his celebrated allegorical compositions 'Primavera' and 'The Birth of Venus', have entered the repertory of potent and immediately recognizable images, representing the classical ideal of the Italian Renaissance. His celestially serene Madonnas and sweet-tempered angels have become inseparable from the notion of religious sublimity and devotion in the quattrocento. Susan Legouix offers a fresh and stimulating account of the art and the world of Botticelli. She charts the development of Botticelli's style, his growing assurance and his ultimate adoption of an almost backward-looking, Gothic but deeply personal idiom. The demands of his public commissions for churches and their effect upon his style are measured and balanced against his private modes, especially his illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy, which confirm his genius as a draughtsman and an interpreter. Special attention is also paid to the shifting taste of succeeding centuries and the Victorian revival of interest in Botticelli's work which has raised him to the position of one of the supreme if also most enigmatic masters of western art.

Complete Works Of Sandro Botticelli Delphi Classics


Author : Sandro Botticelli
language : en
Publisher: Delphi Classics
Release Date : 2015-12-01


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Cherished for their linear grace, the divine and mythological masterpieces of Botticelli are the epitome of the golden age of Florentine art. Delphi’s Masters of Art Series presents the world’s first digital e-Art books, allowing digital readers to explore the works of great artists in comprehensive detail. This volume presents Botticelli’s complete works in beautiful detail, with concise introductions, hundreds of high quality images and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * The complete paintings of Botticelli — over 120 paintings, fully indexed and arranged in chronological and alphabetical order * Includes reproductions of rare works * Features a special ‘Highlights’ section, with concise introductions to the masterpieces, giving valuable contextual information * Enlarged ‘Detail’ images, allowing you to explore Botticelli’s celebrated works in detail, as featured in traditional art books * Hundreds of images in stunning colour – highly recommended for viewing on tablets and smart phones or as a valuable reference tool on more conventional eReaders * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the complete paintings * Easily locate the paintings you want to view * Includes Botticelli's drawings * Features three bonus biographies, including Vasari’s original work - discover Botticelli's artistic life * Scholarly ordering of plates into chronological order Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting e-Art books CONTENTS: The Highlights PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN MADONNA OF THE ROSE GARDEN PORTRAIT OF A MAN WITH A MEDAL OF COSIMO THE ELDER PORTRAIT OF ESMERALDA BRANDINI ST. SEBASTIAN ADORATION OF THE MAGI TEMPTATIONS OF CHRIST MAGNIFICAT MADONNA PRIMAVERA MADONNA OF THE BOOK VENUS AND MARS PALLAS AND THE CENTAUR PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN, 1484 THE BIRTH OF VENUS MADONNA OF THE POMEGRANATE CESTELLO ANNUNCIATION CALUMNY OF APELLES THE STORY OF VIRGINIA THE MYSTICAL NATIVITY The Paintings THE COMPLETE PAINTINGS ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PAINTINGS The Drawings LIST OF DRAWINGS The Biographies LIFE OF SANDRO BOTTICELLI by Giorgio Vasari BOTTICELLI by Henry Bryan Binns BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: SANDRO BOTTICELLI by Sir Sidney Colvin Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles

The Violinist Of Venice


Author : Alyssa Palombo
language : en
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date : 2015-12-15


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Like most 18th century Venetians, Adriana d'Amato adores music—except her strict merchant father has forbidden her to cultivate her gift for the violin. But she refuses to let that stop her from living her dreams and begins sneaking out of her family's palazzo under the cover of night to take violin lessons from virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi. However, what begins as secret lessons swiftly evolves into a passionate, consuming love affair. Adriana's father is intent on seeing her married to a wealthy, prominent member of Venice's patrician class—and a handsome, charming suitor, whom she knows she could love, only complicates matters—but Vivaldi is a priest, making their relationship forbidden in the eyes of the Church and of society. They both know their affair will end upon Adriana's marriage, but she cannot anticipate the events that will force Vivaldi to choose between her and his music. The repercussions of his choice—and of Adriana's own choices—will haunt both of their lives in ways they never imagined. Spanning more than 30 years of Adriana's life, Alyssa Palombo's The Violinist of Venice is a story of passion, music, ambition, and finding the strength to both fall in love and to carry on when it ends.

The Renaissance Portrait


Author : Keith Christiansen
language : en
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Release Date : 2011


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Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Bode-Museum, Berlin, Aug. 25-Nov. 20, 2011, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Dec. 21, 2011-Mar. 18, 2012.

Moving Beyond Beauty


Author : Micah-Shea Crenshaw McKibben
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 2016


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Sandro Botticelli created at least five bust-length images of idealized young women that are traditionally identified as Simonetta Vespucci (1453-1476), a Florentine beauty and the platonic love of Giuliano de' Medici. In this thesis I analyze one of those images, the Allegorical Portrait of a Lady (c. 1480), which is today in the Friedrich Kisters collection in Switzerland. I argue that, while the painting may have begun life as an idealized image of a Florentine beauty, the Kisters Botticelli should be most accurately read as a depiction of the Egyptian goddess Isis. My identification of the subject matter is grounded in references to recent technical analyses of the work, a critical re-assessment of the iconography, and consideration of the social and historical context in which the painting was produced. A 2009 technical analysis of the Kisters painting revealed significant modifications to the image that took place in Botticelli's workshop. The changes included the incorporation of an elaborate background, the inclusion of a scarf around the neck of the figure, and the exposure of a single, lactating breast. These, I suggest, were completed to shift the identity of the woman from an unknown, idealized woman, or perhaps even Simonetta Vespucci, to the Egyptian goddess Isis. I argue that the iconographic alterations in Botticelli's painting align the image with ancient texts discussing Isis, such as Plutarch's De Iside et Osiride (120 C.E.), Apuleius's Metamorphoses (c. 160-170 C.E.), and the dialogues of Hermes Trismegistus. Finally, I reconstruct possible contexts for the imagery in reference to Renaissance collecting of Egyptian antiquities, Florentine Neoplatonic interest in connections between Isis and the Virgin Mary, and the literary genre of illustrious women. Recognition of the figure as Isis identifies this as one of the earliest known representations of the goddess in the Italian Renaissance and may broaden our understanding of Botticelli's interest in mythology as well as stimulate new research in field of unidentified, idealized beauties; the Italian Renaissance interest in Egypt; and Botticelli's workshop.