Venus and Mars by Botticelli

How can we discuss Italy without a little artwork in the mix?  The photo above is Venus and Mars by (Sandro) Botticelli. Botticelli grew up watching his father diligently work to improve their fortunes, and was successful by switching from tanning to gold beating. A profession that brought Botticelli in contact with many artists. Then… Continue reading Venus and Mars by Botticelli

15th Century Italy Part 1

Welcome to the 15th century! As in the century, we will begin in the heart of it all: Italy. As Italy works to move past the tragedies of the 14th century, it begins to take on the ideals of Petrarch, and humanism becomes the norm.  The first would be the Kingdom of Sicily, and the… Continue reading 15th Century Italy Part 1