Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. Notoriety and Fame would not come to this artist until 400 years after his death. Botticelli's later work, expressed a diminution of scale, expressively distorted figures, and a non-naturalistic use of color. After his death in 1510, his reputation was eclipsed longer than that of any other major European artist. His paintings remained in the churches and villas for which they had been created, his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel overlooked with a preference of Michelangelo. It would not be till the nineteenth-century when the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood incorporated elements of his work into their own. Walter Pater created a literary picture of Botticelli, who was then taken up by the Aesthetic movement. Then between 1900-1920 more books were written on Botticelli than on any other painter.