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Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Sandro Botticelli
Dawit Abeza
Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Sandro Botticelli

Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Sandro Botticelli

Who Is Sandro Botticelli?

Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter and designer of the Early Renaissance. During his lifetime he was one of the most acclaimed painters in Italy. He was even brought to participate and advice in the design of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. 

Botticelli's style of art didn't last long, it was diminished by another art style created by Pietro Perugino and Francesco Francia. Afterwards his style of painting was completely forgotten due to the High Renaissance style: Paintings of Michelangelo and Raphael in the Vatican.

So without further ado, here are 10 of Sandro Botticelli's most famous paintings:  

  1. The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
  2. La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli
  3. Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli
  4. Allegory of Fortitude by Sandro Botticelli
  5. Calumny of Apelles by Sandro Botticelli
  6. Temptations of Christ by Sandro Botticelli
  7. The Annunciation by Sandro Botticelli
  8. Madonna and Child by Sandro Botticelli
  9. The Mystical Nativity by Sandro Botticelli
  10. Mars and Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Famous Artworks by Sandro Botticelli

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

The theme in the Birth of Venus was taken from the works of the classic Homer story. As indicated by the fable: Venus the goddess of love, beauty, desire, fertility, and prosperity rode on a shell to the island of Cythera.

Venus is delineated in the middle of the painting standing on a large sea shell. She is slightly shifted to the right side and her head is tilted to the left. On the left side of the painting is the figure of Zephyrus who blows the breeze towards Venus.

Inland there is another goddess who awaits for Venus to arrive, she has been recognized as Pomona, the goddess of abundance. The composition is comparable in certain regards to that of the Primavera. 

Original Title: Nascita di Venere

Completed in: 1485

Style: Early Renaissance

Genre: Mythological painting

Measurements: 180 x 280 cm

Location: Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Medium: Canvas, tempera

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La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli

La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli

Primavera, which means spring when translated into English is among one of the best works kept at the Uffizi Museum in Florence. The exact subject of the painting is obscure. However, it was likely made for the marriage of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco (a cousin of Lorenzo) in May 1482. The scene shows a gathering of various figures in a forest.

Alternative Name: Primavera

Completed in: 1478

Style: Early Renaissance

Genre: Allegorical painting

Measurements: 203 x 314 cm

Location: Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Medium: Panel, tempera

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Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli

Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli

In the scene, various characters are shown somewhat circled around Magi ready to adore the new born child. Most appear to be in delight and among some of the spectators are the Medici family: Cosimo de' Medici (the man kneeling before the Magi).

Original Title: L’Adorazione dei Magi

Completed in: 1476

Style: Early Renaissance

Genre: Religious painting

Measurements: 111 x 134 cm

Location: Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Medium: Tempera

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Allegory of Fortitude by Sandro Botticelli

Allegory of Fortitude by Sandro Botticelli

There's a look of seriousness in her eyes and a feeling of mental fortitude. She appears to be in deep thought. This is one of the paintings that increased Botticelli's notoriety it made him one of the most well-known artists of his time. Due to his ability to paint in detail, which is clearly displayed in the nuances of painting.

Completed in: 1470

Style: Early Renaissance

Measurements:167 cm × 87 cm

Location: Uffizi in Florence, Italy

Medium: Tempera on panel

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Calumny of Apelles by Sandro Botticelli

Calumny of Apelles by Sandro Botticelli

The painting is extremely little, 62x 91 cm

Completed in: 1495

Style: Early Renaissance

Measurements: 62 cm × 91 cm

Location: Uffizi, Florence

Medium: Tempera on panel

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Temptations of Christ by Sandro Botticelli

Temptations of Christ by Sandro Botticelli

The Temptation of Christ was Botticelli's preliminary fresco for the Sistine Chapel. Delineated in the upper area of the fresco are three scenes taken from the life of Jesus in the Gospels.

Completed in: 1482

Style: Early Renaissance

Measurements: 345.5 cm × 555 cm

Location: Sistine Chapel, Rome

Medium: Fresco

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The Annunciation by Sandro Botticelli

The Annunciation by Sandro Botticelli

The Annunciation, otherwise called Cestello Annunciation, is one of the most regarded Renaissance paintings. The Annunciation is the Christian Biblical scene where the angle Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary that she will carry God's son.

Completed in: 1490

Style: Early Renaissance

Measurements: 49.5 cm × 58.5 cm

Location: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

Medium: Tempera on panel

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Madonna and Child by Sandro Botticelli

Madonna and Child by Sandro Botticelli

Botticelli has dressed the Madonna in a customary red outfit and blue shroud. She is uniquely depicted with cool and warm colors to balance her pale skin.  

Completed in: c. 1467

Style: Early Renaissance

Measurements: 71 cm × 51 cm

Location: Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon

Medium: Tempera on panel

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The Mystical Nativity by Sandro Botticelli

The Mystical Nativity by Sandro Botticelli

The painting depicts the moment when Christ's was born into the world as told in the New Testament.

Completed in: c.1500

Style: Early Renaissance

Genre: Religious painting

Measurements: 75 x 109 cm

Location: National Gallery, London, UK

Medium: Canvas, tempera, oil

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Mars and Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Mars and Venus by Sandro Botticelli

The focal figures of the image are Venus and Mars, who are lying comfortably with each other near myrtle trees.

Completed in: 1483

Style: Early Renaissance

Genre: Mythological painting

Measurements: 69.2 x 173.4 cm

Location: National Gallery, London, UK

Medium: Panel, tempera

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