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29 August 2019

A masterpiece by Sandro Botticelli at EEF 2019. The Renaissance genius’ Madonna della Loggia is coming to Primorye for the first time

The Renaissance artist’s work is doing a Far-Eastern ‘tour’ of Russia thanks thanks to Italy’s participation in the 5th Eastern Economic Forum. High-level delegates will come to Vladivostok, including representatives of major Italian firms in Russia. For the first time, the inhabitants of Primorye Territory will have the chance to appreciate the artistic value of the painting up close.



Sandro Botticelli was born in 1445 in Florence and died there in 1510. His real name was Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, but he was given the nickname Botticelli (little barrel) when he was a child. Art historians place Botticelli’s work as part of the High Renaissance period. He was a senior contemporary of Michelangelo and Rafael, having studied under Fra Filippo Lippi and Verrocchio, where young Sandro worked in the same studio as young Leonardo.

Botticelli is famous mainly for his iconic compositions ‘The Birth of Venus’ and ‘Primavera’. He is also acclaimed as a master of portraits and depictions of Madonna and child. It is one of those paintings will be brought to Russia.



‘Madonna della Loggia’ (Madonna and Child) was painted with tempera (on wooden board, 72×50 cm) and is dated around 1467. It was painted during the artist’s early years while he was studying under Fra Filippo Lippi. However, the work shows the artistic principles and techniques that would go on to give Botticelli the status of a great artist. The child is standing on his mother’s lap, pressing his cheek and eye to her face, as they embrace each other tenderly. The scene takes place within a Renaissance-style loggia, which the work was named after. In the background — through the arch — you can see mountains and a road which leads off into the horizon: this is characteristic of the ‘window onto the world’ trend in Renaissance paintings. The scene itself, with the depiction of a standing child, was a new phenomenon in Italian art of the late fifteenth century. Just at 22, the artist had a particularly melodic style of depicting people, which would become his hallmark.

Botticelli’s painting will be exhibited in the Sberbank pavilion at the Forum, after which it will be sent to the Primorye State Art Gallery and then to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in November.

A catalogue of articles written by major art historians from Italy and Russia will be prepared ahead of the exhibition, providing readers with a detailed description of Italian Renaissance art, particularly the works of Botticelli himself.


Portrait of a Young Man (oil on wood, 53.5×33 cm)

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