Sandro Botticelli: Remembering the Master

Adoration of the Magi, 1475

Adoration of the Magi. The Birth of Venus. The Mystical Nativity.These are among the most famous of the works of Sandro Botticelli, Renaissance artist who died 502 years ago—on May 17, 1510.  Botticelli was a contemporary of Michelangelo (who enlisted Botticelli to paint part of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel) and Leonardo da Vinci.  He was considered one of the best painters of the 15th century in Italy, and worked for the House of Medici political dynasty. Botticelli never … [Read more...]

What Mary Wore: Belts and Veils from Mary’s Closet

In honor of the Marian feast this week, I thought I’d take a peek inside the Virgin Mary’s closet.  Sometimes you’d think, from looking at pious representations of the Mother of God, that she was a real fashionista. Actually, when you think about it, living in such a warm climate, Mary must have had at least a few tunics.  But haven’t the artists taken her style just over the top? Why Did Mary Wear Blue?First, there’s that closet full of tunics!  Classical artists like Botticelli, Raphael a … [Read more...]


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