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