Botticelli Reimagined

 

 

IMG_1612

Venus by Sandro Botticelli

A major exhibition of Botticelli Reimagined opens at the V&A on March 5.

The exhibition explores the way artists and designers from the pre-Raphaelites to the present day have used Botticelli’s artistry, and responded to his legacy. More than any other Old Master he inspired and continues to inspire modern and contemporary art. His work has influenced the arts, business and manufacturing.

Spanning six centuries, the exhibition is split into three parts, starting with the present day, and then tracing the artist’s rediscovery in the nineteenth century by the pre-Raphaelites, ending with a display of paintings and drawings executed by either himself or his workshop. Interestingly, only two of his works are signed, and few documented. However his pupils and assistants propagated a recognisable ‘corporate brand’.

Works by well-known artists who were influenced by him are also on show and include Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Andy Warhol; clothes by Dolce & Gabbana, and a film clip from Dr. No showing Ursula Andress emerging from the sea clasping a conch shell. Sadly his most famous paintings the Birth of Venus and Primavera are too fragile to move but can still be seen at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Running until 3 July 2016 events include a conference and workshop which are being held during April and May. Sponsored by Societe Generale.

Admission £15 Tel. 0800 9126961
http://www.vam.ac.uk/Botticelli

IMG_1606

La Ghirlandata by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Advertisements

About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
This entry was posted in Culture, Travel and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s