Sandro Botticelli

analytical Essay
1094 words
1094 words

Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510) was born in Florence. Very little is known about his early life. Botticelli was a painter in the fifteenth century. His work was very sophisticated and feminine. He did quite an amount of work for the Medici family. Many of his masterpieces were mythological paintings. His work included literary references inspired beauty.
I decided to observe the painting of Mars and Venus. Venus appears as an enchantress. She is dressed in a lovely white gown and surrounded by bushes. The baby satyrs play with Mars’ armor helmet and spear. Mars dangles a flute carelessly in his right hand on one of his fingers. One of the satyrs blows a horn in the face of Mars. Mars’ appearance in the painting is weak tired and careless. Venus’ appearance in the painting looks awake and mature.
I really liked the painting of Pallas and The Centaur. In my own interpretation I feel it means women are strong and can defeat all things. Pallas is holding the Centaur by the hair and an axe in the other hand. Pallas looks strong and determined and the Centaur look intimidated and humiliated. It is obvious that Pallas has defeated the Centaur.
A Florentine lady before Venus and the Graces, a woman stands on the far left side of the painting being held by one of the Graces. Her look is confusing as if she does not know what is going on. Someone that to me looks like a statue is holding the grace that is holding her. The statue is holding his breath and is a grayish blue color. Up above all the characters in the painting is cupid and he is shooting his arrow toward three of the graces. The three graces are dancing. A gentle man stands on the right side of the picture picking a peach from the tree. Venus seems to be the center of attention. She is in the far back on her own. The lighting seems to shine more her way. Botticelli uses Venus a lot in his paintings. I think he uses her because she is a strong goddess.
Gaspara Stampa (1523-1554) Gaspara was born in Padua. In 1531 her father died and her family moved to Venice. The Stampa home became a salon for Venetian literature. Gaspara met Count Collaltino de Collato at one of the various salons she attended. She became his mistress and her affair with the Count inspired her poetry.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that sandro botticelli (1444-1510) was a painter in the fifteenth century. his work was sophisticated and feminine.
  • Observes the painting of mars and venus as an enchantress dressed in a white gown and surrounded by bushes. the baby satyrs play with mars’ armor helmet and spear.
  • Analyzes how they liked the painting of pallas and the centaur. they feel that women are strong and can defeat all things.
  • Analyzes how botticelli uses venus in his paintings because she is a strong goddess.
  • Explains that gaspara stampa was born in padua. her father died in 1531 and her family moved to venice. she met count collaltino de collato at one of the salons she attended.
  • Analyzes how gaspara took the lead in her affair, but the count was a major part of her emotions and inspiration. she burned for callaltino and he did not feel the same for her.
  • Analyzes how gaspara is tired of waiting on the count, while he has forgotten about her and the fact that she waits desperately for his return.
  • Analyzes how the poem harsh is my fortune, but harsher still is my life reminds them of growing up and dating in high school.
  • Analyzes how gaspara's life is like many women now. she continuously went after the count and he obviously looked at her as an object never as intelligent person.
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