Sandro Botticelli is considered one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance. His “Birth of Venus” is continually revisited in art. The documentary film “Boticello Inferno” shows a different side of the great master. Boticelli’s paintings are considered to this day an expression of pure beauty. The Renaissance master, who died in 1510, still has fans bringing flowers and letters to his simple tomb at the Ognissanti Church in Florence. Like many artists of the time, Botticelli was commissioned to work for the influential Medici family. One of his assignments was to illustrate Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy.” In it, Dante describes his travels through Hell and into Paradise, guided by the Roman poet Virgil. Illustrating this work was an honorable assignment for Botticelli, as Dante’s epic poem was already considered the most important work of Italian literature, 100 years after the author’s death. The experience of Hell Botticelli went to work and drew more than 100 pictures. He spent many years working on them because he wanted to find the right expression for each of the cantos and depict them as vividly as possible. Today, his work would be called a graphic novel. One of the highlights of Botticelli’s series is… Read full this story
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