This catalogue is published in conjunction with the major Fall 2003 exhibition of Botticelli organized by the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris.
This rare and unprecedented event covers the entire career of the Florentine master through over 40 exceptional masterpieces gathered from major museums around the world. Sandro Botticelli was one of the leading painters of the Florentine Renaissance who developed a highly personal style characterised by elegant execution, sense of melancholy and strong emphasis on line. Botticelli was born in Florence, the fourth son of Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, a tanner. His nickname was derived from the one given to his eldest brother Giovanni, who, because of his corpulence, was called “il Botticello” (little barrel). In 1481 Botticelli was one of several artists chosen to go to Rome to decorate the walls of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. There he produced The Youth of Moses, the Punishment of the Sons of Corah, and the Temptation of Christ. This monograph presents a selection of Botticelli’s paintings and drawings, including extraordinary masterpieces such as the Mystic Nativity, St. Augustine in his Studio, Pallade and the Centaur, Annunciation and Madonna and Child, as well as a selection of works by other Renaissance painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Piero di Cosimo, Filippo and Filippino Lippi.