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A famous Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli was known for his many famous paintings Born in Florence around 1447 Botticelli was raised by his father Mariano Filipepi and after the completion of his schooling he was apprenticed to a goldsmith This is where the name Botticelli was derived from The Goldsmiths name was Botticelli and as a sign of respect Sandro took on Botticelli as his last name Later Sandros father noticed that his brushwork was much better than his work with the hammer so he apprenticed him to Fra Filippo Lippi one of the most admired Florentine masters It was there that Sandro learned to paint like Fra Angelico and flourish into a great artist Through the influence of Verocchio and the brothers of Pollajuolio these ideas were combined with the naturalness of Masaccio On of the most important painters of the 15th century Known for his touch with nature in his paintings and how they seen real These qualities help to explain Botticellis great influence over later artists who adapted his style of painting Even though Botticellis life is as great of a mystery to you as it is to me we do know a few things about his life We do know that he was employed by the Medici family and other prominent Florentine families from 1483 to 1500 During this time he created artwork specifically for these families some of which is still around today Although Botticelli was a great painter he never really enjoyed many of the luxurious amenities as the people that he worked for did He always had a tough time handling his expenses and in the end he died a man with no money He seemed to have certain ignorance towards his work because he never dated any of his artwork This may have
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