Frankfurt, Städel Museum

This is the first exhibition in Germany dedicated to the highly-lauded Florentine master of the Early Renaissance period, Sandro Botticelli (1444/45–1510), that presents over 80 works across three sections: portraits and allegorical paintings, mythological representations of goddesses and heroines of virtue, and his extensive religious oeuvre.

Revered as both a panel and a fresco painter, Sandro Botticelli was one of the artists summoned to decorate the walls of the Sistine Chapel in Rome by Pope Sixtus IV in 1481, as well as remaining under the good graces of the ruling Medici family. The Idealized Portrait of a Lady (c. 1480), for example, was a commissioned work from the Medici family’s inner circle and is a major work from the museum’s collection; the exhibition additionally has secured other major loans from around the world.

His works, especially when juxtaposed alongside contemporaries Filippino Lippi and Andrea del Verrocchio, reveal an exceptional grace, peppered with Gothic realism and a deep respect for antiquity.

November 13th, 2009 through February 28th, 2010
Schaumainkai 63
60596 Frankfurt am Main
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