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October 2002

Sandro Botticelli: Primavera: Myth and Beauty

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2002;4(4):288-cover3. doi:

THE LYRICAL beauty of Renaissance art is intimately intertwined with the artist Botticelli, and our modern sensibility is still informed by his conception of beauty. Sandro Botticelli, né Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi (circa 1445-1510), flourished in Florence, Italy, his entire life except for 1 year's sojourn to Rome on a papal commission to complete his Sistine frescoes. Contemporary sources revealed little of Botticelli's life to us, and most of our knowledge of his attitudes and ideas may be gleaned only from his masterpieces. Although he achieved remarkable renown as a Florentine master and flowered under the patronage of the Medici, Botticelli's antiquated style fell into disfavor at the blossoming of the High Renaissance. His reputation lay in obscurity for several centuries until a 19th-century revival awakened interest in his works.