As the first century of the Renaissance came to its close in the 1490s, the greatest painter in Florence was indisputably Sandro Botticelli, whose path of success had been guided by his allegiance to the Medici ruling family headed by Lorenzo the Magnificent. Botticelli had returned their favor with mythological paintings that reflected the Medici’s passion for classical antiquity, some of which endure as the unforgettable images of the Renaissance in Florence and beyond. This workshop will give teachers the opportunity to look closely at his work both as an artistic achievement as well as a reflection of the flourishing culture of the Italian Renaissance.
(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Arts Connections Strand Standards 6–10; HSS: World History I)
Presented with support from The Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Fund for Teacher Resources, and Nancy and Kent Van Zant.