Sandro Botticelli

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 1, 2000 - Art - 357 pages
In the 1480s, the great Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli was commissioned by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici to make a series of drawings to illustrate Dante's Divine Comedy. Botticelli gave stunning visual form to the poet's epic journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, but the project was never completed and the sheets were scattered.

Now, more than 500 years after their creation, all 91 existing -- and very fragile -- vellum sheets will be shown together for the first time, in Berlin, Rome, and London. This book, which accompanies the exhibition, illustrates each of Botticelli's canto sheets in superb color, faced by a commentary on Botticelli's pictorial response to Dante's poem by Hein-Thomas Schulze Altcappenberg of the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin, where 84 of the sheets are permanently housed. Eight essays on Botticelli, the Medici, and the Divine Comedy complete this unprecedented volume.

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Sandro Botticelli: the drawings for Dante's Divine comedy

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Between 1480 and 1495, Botticelli executed a series of almost 100 drawings on vellum sheets, each based on individual cantos of Dante's Divine Comedy. It is almost certain that these exquisite and ... Read full review


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Botticellis Drawings 37 Inferno
The Medici Sixtus IV and Savonarola

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Bredekamp teaches at the Institute fur Kunstgeschichte, Humbolt Universitat, Berlin.

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