Portrait of a Young Woman (Simonetta Vespucci)
by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1480, is a tempera painting on wood panel of an elegant young Florentine lady in colorful dress and elaborate hairstyle. Silhouetted in profile against a dark wall with window opening onto blue sky, the young woman’s swirling, braided hairstyle with ponytail is a wonder of classical Renaissance drawing and humanistic values. Botticelli’s clear, classical tempera technique created an enduring portrait of a beautiful Renaissance personality that looks as freshly painted today as in the 15th century.
Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) was a Florentine painter of the of the early Italian Renaissance who apprenticed under the master Filippo Lippi. With strong Gothic influences, the mature work of Botticelli reflected a study of antique classical sculpture and was noted for its linear grace and rhythm, flattened relief-like forms with strong contours, and subtle coloring. The complexity of meanings in Botticelli’s compositions, from sources drawn from classical antiquity, mythology and philosophy, enthralled scholars for centuries.
The Argent Arts
Store creates fine art poster prints, cards, drinkware and home items, iPhone cases, and gifts from the works of Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli
, featuring the classic painting Portrait of a Young Woman (Simonetta Vespucci)