Explore life and art in the city of Florence in Botticelli’s lifetime. Threats from the Black Death and forces beyond the city walls; the growth of sacred, civic, and private patronage; and the rise and fall of the Medici and the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola all had a profound impact on Botticelli, his artist colleagues, his patrons, and on the way the city looks today.  

Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, professor of art, Wellesley College