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Botticelli and the Search for the Divine

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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This exhibition explores the dramatic changes in Botticelli’s style and subject matter—from poetic depictions of classical mythology to austere sacred themes—reflecting the shifting political and religious climate of Renaissance Florence during his lifetime. At the height of his career, Botticelli was supported by the powerful Medici family, his instantly recognisable style, characterised by strong contours, lyrical poses, and transparent flowing drapery, was influenced both by Antique models and the preferences of his patrons. This will be the largest and most important display of Botticelli’s works in the US, featuring 24 paintings including significant international loans. The exhibition also includes paintings by Botticelli’s teacher Filippo Lippi, his student Filippino Lippi, and other contemporaries. Find out more about the Botticelli exhibition from MFA Boston’s website.

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Madonna and Child (about 1466–69), Fra Filippo di Tomaso Lippi. Palazzo Medici Riccardi; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Madonna and Child (about 1466–69), Fra Filippo di Tomaso Lippi. Palazzo Medici Riccardi; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Portrait of a Youth (1470s), Sandro Botticelli. Palazzo Pitti; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Portrait of a Youth (1470s), Sandro Botticelli. Palazzo Pitti; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Madonna and Child with young Saint John (c. 1495), Sandro Botticelli. Palazzo Pitti; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Madonna and Child with young Saint John (c. 1495), Sandro Botticelli. Palazzo Pitti; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Madonna of the Book (c. 1479), Sandro Botticelli. Museo Poldi Pezzoli; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Madonna of the Book (c. 1479), Sandro Botticelli. Museo Poldi Pezzoli; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pallas and the Centaur (1481), Sandro Botticelli. Uffizi Gallery; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pallas and the Centaur (1481), Sandro Botticelli. Uffizi Gallery; courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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