Botticelli's Secret by Joseph Luzzi audiobook

Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance

By Joseph Luzzi
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Blackstone Publishing 9781324004011
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A true historical “detective story” full of insight about how we look at art―and the artists and eras that produced it Some five hundred years ago, Sandro Botticelli, a painter of humble origin, created work of unearthly beauty. An intimate associate of Florence’s unofficial rulers, the Medici, he was commissioned by a member of their family to execute a near-impossible project: to illustrate all one hundred cantos of The Divine Comedy by the city’s greatest poet, Dante Alighieri. A powerful encounter between poet and artist, sacred and secular, earthly and evanescent, these drawings produced a wealth of stunning images but were never finished. Botticelli declined into poverty and obscurity, and his illustrations went missing for four hundred years. The nineteenth-century rediscovery of Botticelli’s Dante drawings brought scholars to their knees: this work embodied everything the Renaissance had come to mean. Today, Botticelli’s Primavera adorns household objects of every kind. This book is essential to explain not only how and why this artist became iconic but why we still need his work―and the spirit of the Renaissance―today.

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A true historical “detective story” full of insight about how we look at art―and the artists and eras that produced it

Some five hundred years ago, Sandro Botticelli, a painter of humble origin, created work of unearthly beauty. An intimate associate of Florence’s unofficial rulers, the Medici, he was commissioned by a member of their family to execute a near-impossible project: to illustrate all one hundred cantos of The Divine Comedy by the city’s greatest poet, Dante Alighieri.

A powerful encounter between poet and artist, sacred and secular, earthly and evanescent, these drawings produced a wealth of stunning images but were never finished. Botticelli declined into poverty and obscurity, and his illustrations went missing for four hundred years.

The nineteenth-century rediscovery of Botticelli’s Dante drawings brought scholars to their knees: this work embodied everything the Renaissance had come to mean. Today, Botticelli’s Primavera adorns household objects of every kind.

This book is essential to explain not only how and why this artist became iconic but why we still need his work―and the spirit of the Renaissance―today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] vivid chronicle…of how the Renaissance period broke with the spiritual doctrine of its medieval past…Luzzi also tracks how the illustrations disappeared…[and] in the waning days of WWII, narrowly avoided a fire that destroyed hundreds of priceless artworks. Richly detailed and fluidly written, this is a master class in art history.” Publishers Weekly
“Brilliantly conceived and executed, Botticelli’s Secret is a riveting search for buried treasure.” Stephen Greenblatt, New York Times bestselling author
“I would recommend Botticelli’s Secret to anyone who loves art, who enjoys good storytelling, and who is interested in how the human spirit rediscovered itself.” Jay Parini, author of Borges and Me
“Full of intimate and personal insights into the masters and masterpieces of Renaissance Italy and told with his unique blend of scholarship and superb storytelling." Ross King, author of Leonardo and the Last Supper
“Botticelli’s Secret is sheer delight from beginning to end…Tracing a fascinating history, this book finally presents a compelling brief…of coming face-to-face with transcendent human endeavor.” Ingrid Rowland, coauthor of The Collector of Lives

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Author Bio: Prof. Joseph Luzzi

Author Bio: Prof. Joseph Luzzi

Joseph Luzzi, the author of several books, is professor of comparative literature at Bard College, and an award-winning writer, teacher, and scholar of Italian culture.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English