redis­cov­er­ing Botticelli

Botticelli Reimag­ined: Lon­don ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores Ital­ian painter’s in­flu­ence.

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AN ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to San­dro Botticelli, which opened in Lon­don in early M arch, looks at how the 15th cen­tury Ital­ian painter in­flu­enced artists and de­sign­ers though the ages.

Botticelli Reimag­ined is the largest ex­hi­bi­tion of Botticelli paint­ings and draw­ings ever held in Bri­tain, ac­cord­ing to Lon­don' s Vic­to­ria& Al­bert( V& A) mu­seum.

The dis­play fea­tures more than 50 Botticelli works and ex­plores how oth­ers have rein­ter­preted the Floren­tine painter's art, from the Pre- Raphaelites to to­day.

Botticelli ( 1445- 1510) is famed to­day for his Venus paint­ings, par­tic­u­larly The Birth Of Venus, in which the blonde, nude god­dess stands on a scal­lop shell. How­ever his work was ini­tially for­got­ten af­ter his death.

"Botticelli fell, sank from sight for nearly 300 years. In the early 19th cen­tury he was re­dis­cov­ered. The Pr e-Raphael it es of course fetishised him ," says Mark Evans, se­nior cu­ra­tor of paint­ing sat the V& A.

"In the era of ab­strac­tion, Botticelli again re­ceded into the shad­ows but, with pop art, he came out­fight­ing and of course he's now one of the mostcel­e­brat- ed global phe­nom­ena in art." The V& As how is di­vided into three sec­tions.

"Global, Mod­ern, Con­tem­po­rary" looks atthe in­flu­ence of The Birth

Of Venus – which re­mains in Florence's Uffizi Gallery – and fea­tures works by artists Andy Warhol and Yin Xin, pho­tog­ra­pher David LaChapelle and out­fits by Ital­ian de­signer brand Dolce & Gab­bana.

"Re­dis­cov­ery" ex­plores Botticelli's in­flu­ence on the Pre-Raphaelites in the mid- 19th cen­tury with works by Dante Gabriel Ros­setti and Wil­liam Mor­ris among oth­ers.

The fi­nal sec­tion, "Botticelli In His Own Time", dis­plays the painter's own works, in­clud­ing The

Mys­tic Nativity and Pal­las And The Cen­taur.

"M any artists have painted what I think you can call ci­ta­tional art, that uses fa­mous past im­ages as a start­ing point," says Evans.

"W e see this in the first rooms of the ex­hi­bi­tion, where artists from far afield as Ja­pan and Brazil use Botticelli's im­agery to tell sto­ries very much of their own."

Botticelli Reimag­ined runs till July 3. V is it: www.vam.ac.uk.

Amer­i­can artist Andy Warhol’s San­dro Botticelli, Birth Of Venus, 1484 at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert mu­seum in Lon­don.

Botticelli Reimag­ined will ex­plore the va­ri­ety of ways artists and de­sign­ers from the Pre- raphaelites to the present have re­sponded to the artis­tic legacy of san­dro Botticelli.

Botticelli Reimag­ined is the largest ex­hi­bi­tion of Botticelli paint­ings and draw­ings ever held in Bri­tain. The show fea­tures more than 50 Botticelli works.

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