After finishing his schooling, Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510) was apprenticed by his father to a goldsmith. Quickly, however, Botticelli showed an affinity for painting and found himself working under Filippo Lippi, one of the most admired artists in Florence. What happened next is history. Botticelli embodied the Renaissance, drawing from Roman and Greek cultures to paint some of the world’s most famous devotional scenes, as well as mesmerizing frescos on the walls of Santa Maria Novella, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Sistine Chapel. With works on loan from the Uffizi and other institutions, this exhibition showcases 40 paintings from the era, its focus placed on Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, and fellow masters. —E.C.
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