Solveig Steinhardt ex­am­ines the evo­lu­tion of the Bot­ti­celli legacy, with some thought-pro­vok­ing works of art inspired by the great master.

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Bot­ti­celli and his postRe­nais­sance ad­mir­ers are show­ing at the Gemälde­ga­lerie.

Floren­tine pain­ter San­dro Bot­ti­celli was not merely one of the great­est artists of the Re­nais­sance. He also in­ad­ver­tently kicked off a post- Re­nais­sance trend that has been go­ing on for al­most 200 years. From the pre-Raphaelite move­ment to pop art and the fash­ion world, his ethe­real long-haired blondes clad in soft flo­ral dresses rep­re­sent a stan­dard of beauty that never seems to fade. Through­out the last two cen­turies, the master’s works have been re­pro­duced, im­i­tated, dis­torted, and mod­ern­ized, with the new works some­times earn­ing a no­to­ri­ety of their own. Be­gin­ning 24 Septem­ber, The Bot­ti­celli

Re­nais­sance at the Gemälde­ga­lerie (p. 44) ex­plores the history of the artist’s rel­a­tively re­cent rise to uni­ver­sal fame and what led to his be­com­ing an art icon of such epic pro­por­tions. More than 100 pieces of Euro­pean art chart the many orig­i­nal Bot­ti­cel­lis that have been rein­ter­preted as new works, most no­tably TheBirthOf Venus, which has been rein­car­nated in Dutch pho­tog­ra­pher Rineke Di­jk­stra’s por­trait se­ries of ado­les­cents at the beach, the fash­ion world’s many tributes to the great paint­ing, and Andy Warhol’s tech­ni­color print. Per­haps the most strik­ing reimag­in­ing is Ja­panese artist Tomoko Na­gao’s wide- eyed manga Venus, who finds her seashell trans­formed into a PlayS­ta­tion float­ing on a sea of Baci choco­lates and Bar­illa pasta. Lest we leave out the ac­tual fore­fa­ther of all this mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary beauty, the Gemälde­ga­lerie is also ex­hibit­ing many of the master’s own pieces, 20 of which are be­ing dis­played for the very first time.

“Twenty of Bot­ti­celli’s pieces are be­ing dis­played for the very first time.“

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