The Transmogrification of Venus to Mary in the Works of Sandro Botticelli

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At the time of his birth, his family lived in the Santa Maria Novella area of Florence with his mother, Smerelda, and his father Mariano, who worked as a tanner. When Sandro was about fourteen or fifteen years old, his family moved into a house next to (and owned by) the Rucellai family, who later commissioned work from Leon Battista Alberti who was a great influence to the young Sandro...
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As a student, he had potential; however, he was "restless," according to Vasari. Sandro's father was patient and moved him from one school into another before he had him apprentice with a goldsmith in hopes that that might be of interest. However, while visiting other workshops, Sandro discovered that painting was more to his liking and decided to take that up instead (Venturi 15-17)...
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