The Medici court painter Botticelli is one of the unequivocal artists of the Italian Renaissance alongside Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Favouring feminine portraits, Botticelli stands apart through the finesse of his lines and the unbridled sensuality of his paintings. With his religious and private commissions, this Florentine artist introduced the profane into art through works of complex mythological subjects, such as the incontrovertibly masterful Primavera and The Birth of Venus, and knew how to delight the erudite patrons of art. The Madonna of the Magnificat remains one of the most beautiful examples of the Virgin ever achieved. Between the delicacy of the Renaissance and the exuberance of Mannerism, the richness and refinement of the works of Botticelli are a magnificent delight.
An art historian and French literary critic, Émile Gebhart was the chairman of Foreign Literature at the University of Nancy, and then served as the chairman of Southern Literature at the Faculty of Letters in Paris. He was also elected member of the Academy of Moral Sciences and Politics, and several years later, member of the Académie Française. An eminent specialist in Italian Art, he has published several works on Florence and essays on Renaissance Italy, including On Italy, Critical and Historical Essays.
Victoria Charles is a professor of art history. She has published many different works and is a regular contributor to Art Information, an international guide to contemporary art. A frequent writer of articles for specialist journals and magazines, Victoria Charles has recently taken part in the creation of a collective work: 1000 Paintings of Genius.
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