Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi

Sandro Botticelli, born as Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi was a Florentine artist during the Early Renaissance in Florence, Italy.

I became acquaintance with his work when reading the Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard, a novel that not only introduced me to a world of passion, forbidden love, and redemption but also art and history.
Soon, I found myself putting away the book in search to know more about this certain artist and his work.
I was introduced to a whole new world of feminine figures and silhouettes, soft nuances, and sensational brush strokes. I could spend hours looking at his work drifting away as I did, almost in a trance, imagining myself among the faces on the canvas.
I’ve always been one to daydream, lost in my thoughts but here though inside the painting I was still aware, still able to appreciate the depth and beauty at the same time as an outsider. It was the best of two worlds.

Another thing that drew me to his work, was that one of his influences was the one and only Dante Alighieri.
There’s a piece, Dante’s Hell by Botticelli that I simply need in my collection. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find it.
It’s a chart of Hell that was described by Dante Alighieri in his work The Divine Comedy – First Volume that was Inferno (Hell).
He saw Hell as an abyss, a giant cave leading to the center of the Earth. The cave was created when God cast Lucifer out of Heaven.

Here, in Botticelli, there are pictures of his work alongside information regarding details on each painting, some that are on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, a place that I always dreamt of getting married at.
Would probably cost a fortune, but imagine being wed while surrounded by masterpieces. The two biggest known work that was Primavera and Birth of Venus are there, and there’s also some pieces at the Louvre in Paris.

A great book that should join your library if you’re a fan of him and his work.