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the Madonna and Child with Adoring Angel by a famous Florentine painter named Alessandro Filipepi who is also known as Botticelli He was born in Florence Italy at about 1447Botticellis name is properly Allesandro di Mariano Filipepi son of Mariano Filipepi his father but he is named after the Florentine painter and goldsmith Botticelli who he first apprenticed for Luckily he came into a period of well-being favored by the Medicis the noble family of Florence who were rich and distinguished patrons and encouraged artists and writers His first teacher in the art of panels was Filippo Lippi who taught him to draw outlines create the effect of transparency give his pictures a certain fluidity and harmony and learned from him to paint in the ideal manner of Fra Angelico The young Sandro was also influenced by the Pollaiolo brothers and their emotive force and by Verrocchio and his use of color These qualities explain Botticellis great influence over later painters Botticellis life was a retired one passed largely in very modest circumstances Although never inclined to frivolity he was yet influence by the worldly spirit of the age until Savonarolas powerful call to repentance aroused his moral nature and guided his powers it now seems into entirely new paths He never knew how to take care of money and he died at last in need Botticelli was too unassuming to sign and date his works in most instances so that the order in time of his paintings has to be judged from the canvasses themselves He passed away in Florence the city of his birth in 1510 After 1300 both the papacy and the Holy Roman Empire turned their attention away from Italy The emperors concentrated on German affairs while the popes met increasing resistance -especially from the French- as they tried to assert their authority in Europe For much of the 14th century the papacy was situated outside Italy at Avignon in southern
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