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Botticelli, Rebooted? 12 Artworks That Prove the Renaissance Artist Is Relevant Today

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Botticelli, Rebooted? 12 Artworks That Prove the Renaissance Artist Is Relevant Today
AES+F's LAST RIOT, The Bridge, 2006

The influence of Sandro Botticelli (the master of Early Renaissance painting perhaps most famously known for The Birth of Venus) extends far beyond his legacy in the cinquecento. Some things never get old, and Botticelli's influece is strongly felt even in today's contemporary artwork. With strong nods to this tradition, artists continue to employ recognizable religious iconography and motifs that hark to the biblical history potent in Botticelli’s work.

Drawn from Phaidon’s newly updated monograph Botticelli in conjunction with the Artspace archives, these six pairs of Early Renaissance masterpieces and contemporary works (now available on Artspace) illustrate the continuting relevance of this true virtuoso. 

 

 The Virgin

 

HEAD OF THE VIRGIN
Sandro Botticelli

1484–85

Virgin

 

ALPHA-ATION "LINDSAY"
Walter & Zoniel
2015

Walter & Zoniel

 

Madonna and Child

 

MADONNA OF THE ROSE GARDEN
Sandro Botticelli

c.1470 

Madonna

 

MELINDA WITH CHILD LOMBARDI ITALY
Steven Lyon

2004 

Steven Lyon

 

Nativity

 

MYSTIC NATIVITY
Sandro Botticelli

1500

Nativity

 

ALLEGORIA SACRA, JUNGLE ELEGY (TRIPTYCH)
AES+F
2012

AES&F Allegoria

 

Annunciation

 

ANNUNCIATION
Sandro Botticelli
c.1489

Annunciation

 

HOW TO MEET AN ANGEL, COMMENT RECONTRER UN ANGE
Ilya Kabakov
2014 

Ilya

 

Crucifixion

 

MYSTIC CRUCIFIXION
Sandro Botticelli

c.1500

Crucifixion

 

PER NON DIMENTICARE
Julian Schnabel
1997 

Julian Schnabel

 

Pietà

 

PIETÀ
Sandro Botticelli

After 1500 

Pieta

 

LAST RIOT, THE BRIDGE
AES+F

2006 

AES&F

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