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Flagellation (extract)
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Adoration of the Magi
Adoration of the Magi
Adoration of the Magi (extract)
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The exhibition, Botticelli and His Times, is fabulously presented

Richly illustrated panels educate visitors on the rebirth known as the Renaissance, which occurred from the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries in Italy. This was a pivotal period in history when wealth and political stability allowed a flourishing of innovation in all fields, including philosophy, art, and sciences.

The display of precious works from The Uffizi Gallery, one of Italy’s most prominent art museums located in the centre of Florence, and those borrowed from other institutions show the humanist ideals pursued by artists at the time.

Although the works by Sandro Botticelli lead this exhibition, masterpieces by other contemporary artists help to juxtapose and explain the renewed interest in classical Greek and Roman cultures and emphasise Christian iconography.

St Mary Magdalene (extract)
Madonna and Child with St John and Angels (extract)
Portrait of a Young Woman (Simonetta Vespucci)
Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist and Two Angels (extract)
St Augustine in his Study (extract)
Annunciation, St Anthony Abbot and St John the Baptist (extract)
St Francis Receiving the Stigmata (extract)
St Francis Receiving the Stigmata (extract)
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Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino, circa 1500, Oil on panel

In the exhibition’s signature painting Adoration of the Magi created as an altarpiece for a chapel, Botticelli creates a pictorial of a sacred scene, Mary with the Christ as a child, receiving the adoration of three wise men. However, in this pictorial, Botticelli populates the story with personalities that are wholly alien to the original story, by painting in contemporary individuals, including his patron who commissioned the work, several members of the Medici family, powerful Florentine elites and most strikingly, himself at the bottom right of the artwork, in full-length, wrapped in a large yellow cloak, facing proudly and confidently at the viewer.