A gorgeous, lavish book on Sandro Botticelli, containing 25 stunning tipped-in colour plates following a 72-page introduction to Botticelli’s life, works, and the world in which he lived. Each of the 25 plates is prefaced by a long description and explanation of the work. Plates include The Birth of Venus, St. Sebastian, The Vision of St Augustine, Portrait of a Lady, and The Nativity. Also contains plates wrongly attributed to Botticelli.
About Botticelli (from Wikipedia):
Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. Botticelli’s posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then, his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.
As well as the small number of mythological subjects which are his best known works today, he painted a wide range of religious subjects and also some portraits. He and his workshop were especially known for their Madonna and Childs, many in the round tondo shape. Botticelli’s best-known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera, both in the Uffizi in Florence. He lived all his life in the same neighbourhood of Florence, with probably his only significant time elsewhere the months he spent painting in Pisa in 1474 and the Sistine Chapel in Rome in 1481–82.