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Sandro Botticelli, Self Portrait
Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli ("little barrel") (March 1, 1445 – May 17, 1510) was an Italian painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance (Quattrocento). Less than a hundred years later, this movement, under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, was characterized by Giorgio Vasari as a "golden age", a thought, suitably enough, he expressed at the head of his Vita of Botticelli.

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Venus and Mars is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, 1483.
The painting deals with an amorous victory. A grove of myrtle trees, the tree of Venus, forms the backdrop to the two gods who are lying opposite each other on a meadow. Venus is clothed and is attentively keeping watch over Mars as he sleeps. The god of war has taken off his armor and is lying naked on his red cloak; all he is wearing is a white loin cloth.
The goddess of love, who is clothed in a costly gown, is watching over the sleeping naked Mars, while little fauns are playing mischievously with the weapons and armor of the god of war. Botticelli's theme is that the power of love can defeat the warrior's strength. The boisterous little fauns that form part of the retinue of Bacchus, the god of wine, are depicted by Botticelli, in accordance with ancient tradition, with little goats' legs, horns and tails. The Triton's shell with which one of the fauns is blowing into Mars' ear was used in classical times as a hunting horn.

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The Return of Judith to Bethulia
c. 1472
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

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Holy Trinity
1491-93
Courtauld Institute Galleries, London

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The Birth of Venus.
c.1485
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

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Judith Leaving the Tent of Holofernes
1495-1500
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Alessandro Botticelli

Portrait of a Young Woman
1480-85
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

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Primavera
c. 1482
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

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