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.

Leonardo da Vinci

The Mona Lisa, an oil painting that has become a masterpiece by artist Leonardo Da Vinci.
The half-length portrait of Lisa del Giocondo never truly had an official name and was given the name ”Mona Lisa” by Italian artist, Giorgio Vasari.

Da Vinci began the work in 1503 in Florens, Italy during the Italian Renaissance. He had worked and lingered on it for four years, and then left it unfinished, as many of his works ended up being.
The painting is one of the world’s most spoken about, known, and reproduced art pieces.

Ever since 1797 has the piece been placed behind glass in the Louvre – Paris, something I got to see with my own two eyes in February 2017.
– This copy was bought at the Louvre’s gift shop.

The powers of crystals

Rose Quartz; Known as the stone of the heart with its beautiful gentle pink essence, this is the crystal of unconditional love.
It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, it carries a beautiful energy of peace, compassion, and divine loving. It helps dissolves emotional ache, keeps the fear at bay, and provides a harmonic aura all around you. Used as a love token as early as 600 B.C, it’s a stone that many should invite to their homes.
Remember that whenever you buy a new crystal, make sure to wash it, place it somewhere where the sun may shine on it so it absorbs all the light and all that is good and before placing it somewhere, hold it between your hands a short moment and let it take in all of your energy. By laying around in the store before buying it, you may not know how many people have picked it up and given it their energy.

Amethyst; With its beauty and powers that soothe the mind and emotions, the ”Gem of Fire” aka Amethyst, just as worthy and precious as the diamond, this divine stone carries the energy of passion, love, creativity, and spirituality. Recognized as the February stone, this crystal is said to help with sobriety, help with evil thoughts, increase intelligence, and provides calmness and balance.

Quartz/Rock Crystal; Power, energy, clarity, are the main keywords regarding this little gem that is one of the most common stones on the planet, called the Universal Crystal, it enhances energy by storing, balancing, and focusing on everything around it. It is extremely beneficial for manifesting, as thoughts and dreams are a form of energy as well. Due to its incredible balance, it’s perfect for a harmonizing environment.

Himalaya salt stone LAMP; With its purifying powers that cleanse the air for a more healthy environment for yourself and your family, the lamp removes dust, pollen, and other contaminants from the air through the power of hygroscopy.
By attracting water molecules, it absorbs those negative molecules that shouldn’t be there. As it removes microscopic particles from the air, it’s a perfect item for those with allergy and asthma as it creates a more clean air for you to breathe.
Though that should be more than enough to get one, it does much more. It increases energy levels all around you, keep one close or in the room where you spend the most time and after a while, you’ll notice some small differences.
With today’s technology, social media, and gadgets that are becoming more difficult than ever to be without, we tend to keep them near us most hours of the day, and though we shouldn’t, we might even be addicted, thankfully we can make those radiant waves a little bit more friendly by keeping this lamp close by since it neutralizes electromagnetic radiation. And best of all, it provides with a much better sleep.

Black tourmaline; With its raven color and darkened beauty, the Ancient magicians deeply relied upon the Black Tourmaline. It was said that the stone would protect them from demons and other evil spirits from the other side. It creates a shield against bad energy, entities, destructive forces. Besides protecting your household, it also helps in purifying your own negative thoughts.

Sandro Botticelli

Those around me can agree on one thing regarding me, my obsession with all things Italian. From Italy, the country itself to everything from art, food, and music. My love for Italy began many years ago when I picked up a copy of one of the world’s literary masterpieces and classics – The Divine Comedy by Dante, as my love and admiration for the writer and poet blossomed, I became interested in the city where he was born, Florence. And soon, Florence had many artists that stole a piece of my heart that I was sure had reached full capacity with Dante and his city alone.

I discovered many other talents, and one that stuck was Botticelli. His work took me by storm, and I was left in awe as I was staring at his pieces in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The feminine figures, the depth and beauty his work radiates and possesses, to the soulful and heartfelt sensational stroke of each brush and color.

This particular piece is Primavera – 1482, that shows a woman in the center, Venus. Surrounded by spring and arriving flowers.

Bought in Uffizi’s gift shop during my Florence – Italy trip in 2014.

Henry Holiday

One of my favorite pieces that decorate one of my bedroom walls. A painting by Henry Holiday, dated in 1883. A beautiful vision of one of our times greatest writers and poets Dante Alighieri, who wrote the literary classic and literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy that is one of the world’s most read books after The Bible, and Beatrice Portinari, his muse, and love of his life.

If you haven’t read The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia in Italian), I strongly suggest you get a copy and escape into the three world’s that are Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise) all consisting of 33 cantos. It’s a work written in the first person, the poem tells of Dante’s journey through the three volumes, ending with Paradiso that translates into Heaven where he once again is greeted by Beatrice.
To get an even clearer image about the relationship between these two I always recommend that one start by reading La Vita Nuova (The new life) by Dante, that was published in 1295. A combination of poems and sonnets dedicated to Beatrice, and their story. It’ll help you understand her role in The Divine Comedy and her importance through his journey.
It’s about redemption, self/soul-searching, and religion.

Being a fan of his, after reading his work and having seen this painting online, I simply had to visit the city where it all began, Florence in gorgeous Italy. I went to the bridge where this painting took its inspiration from which is the Ponte Santa Trinita, on where I got goosebumps by just standing there knowing that several years ago, Dante must’ve walked by at some point, or stood there admiring the glistening waters and (Ponte Vecchio) the old bridge right on the other side. I visited Casa de Dante, and in their small yet cute gift shop, I found the copy of the painting which is the one displaying on this entry. The original is set to be in Liverpool, England, at Walker Art Gallery, which I now, of course, have to visit very soon.

This piece represents so much admiration for a woman, a fire burning passion, and pure love from a distance. In all its ache and sorrow, there’s also so much beauty and hope.