Botticelli: Artist and Designer (Renaissance Lives ) (Hardcover)
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A revealing look at the commercial strategy and diverse output of this canonical Renaissance artist.
In this vivid account, Ana Debenedetti reexamines the life and work of Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli through a novel lens: his business acumen. Focusing on the organization of Botticelli’s workshop and the commercial strategies he devised to make his way in Florence’s very competitive art market, Debenedetti looks with fresh eyes at the remarkable career and output of this pivotal artist within the wider context of Florentine society and culture. Uniquely, Debenedetti evaluates Botticelli’s celebrated works, like The Birth of Venus, alongside less familiar forms such as tapestry and embroidery, showing the breadth of the artist’s oeuvre and his talent as a designer across media.
About the Author
Ana Debenedetti is director of culture and exhibition at Culturespaces, Paris, and formerly a curator of paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has published on Renaissance art, philosophy, and poetry.
“The great merit of this book is to recontextualize Botticelli’s personality and oeuvre in his social and cultural milieu in a lively and captivating narrative, providing the reader with a detailed account of the latest scholarship on the subject with ease and clarity.”
— Alessandro Cecchi, author of "Botticelli"