Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (c. 1445 – 1510), known as Sandro Botticelli, was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later in his Vita of Botticelli as a "golden age". Botticelli's work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.
It is hard to argue that The Birth of Venus was his most famous painting, for its otherworldliness, the vivid colors, the beauty of the image and the many gorgeous details woven into it. How much do you know about this part of art history? Here are 12 facts we hope you'll love learning about this wonderful piece.