Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) was a Florentine painter of religious and mythological subjects.
He was patronized by the ruling Medici family, for whom he painted Primavera in 1478 and The Birth of Venus about (1482-1484) both in the Uffizi, Florence.
From the 1490s he was influenced by the religious fanatic Savonarola and developed a harshly expressive and emotional style.
His real name was Filipepi but his elder brother's nickname Botticelli "little barrel" was passed on to him.
His work for the Medicis was designed to cater to the educated classical tastes of the day. As well as his sentimental, beautiful young Madonnas, he produced a series of inventive compositions, including tondi, circular paintings. He broke with the Medicis after their execution of Savonarola.
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Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance.