Italian Renaissance

Sandro Botticelli: Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate

Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate: Sandro Botticelli

Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli painted Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate around 1500, late in his career at age 55. It depicts the Virgin Mary and her infant son Jesus Christ. Christ holds in his right hand a pomegranate, a symbol of resurrection or rebirth. The painting, originally thought to be a copy by a …

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Giovanni Bellini: Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan

Giovanni Bellini: Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan

This is a Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan, a sixteenth-century ruler of republican Venice which was completed in 1501 by Italian renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini. He is presented in ceremonial dress in an official capacity of power – however Loredan does not wear a crown as he is not royalty. His power is indicated by …

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Sandro Botticelli: Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Medallion

Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Medallion: Sandro Botticelli

The identity of the sitter in Sandro Botticelli’s 1475 Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Medallion is hotly debated by art historians. Several candidates have been suggested, including Botticelli’s brother Antonio. The young man’s head is turned slightly from us and he is dressed in middle-class clothing. He displays for us a gilded medal …

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Bronzino: Portrait of a Man Holding a Statuette

Portrait of a Man Holding a Statuette: Bronzino

This Mannerist portrait of a man holding a statuette was painted by Bronzino in an unknown year. Born and trained in Florence, Agnolo di Cosimo, widely known as ‘Bronzino’, received his first Medici commissions as a young man and cemented his reputation as a talented portraitist, ultimately becoming a court painter to the Duke. Following …

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