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03-20-2009, 10:20 PM
Botticelli is our featured artist for the next two weeks. He lived 1445-1510. Wikipedia has it that he apprenticed at age 14 in Florentine, Italy during the Early Renaissance.

He never married. Was accused of sodomy, and " keeping a boy" but what I know of him is Venus on the Half Shell ......really titled The Birth of Venus and Primavera. These two said to be the most familiar masterpieces of Florentine art.


Here are these two beauties - copy one if you dare! Hope to see something of your interpretation of either of these well know works of art. Please feel free to do quick studies or indepth contemplations......do a modern rendition or a plain ole one continous line drawing.......by all means have fun with our buddy Botticelli.

Note - the Birth of Venus was too big to post here...here is the google immage link..... http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=botticelli&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=1

03-21-2009, 07:26 AM
I like Botticelli. Perhaps I'll try copying something of his in egg tempera if I find time!

03-21-2009, 04:50 PM
Since I"m working on a Warrior Goddess in the manner of Klimt's Athene, Sandro Botticelli holds 3 D's for me right now....he definitely appeals as potraying a drasticallydifferent look to Mythology !:D

Always loved those gentle, beautiful, slightly turned & tilted faces you see in some of his work~thinking of the one of the 3 "Graces" on the left in the painting you show us here...how lovely and truly graceful a face!

03-22-2009, 05:22 PM
June, looking forward to the egg tempura...

WildGoose - Hope to see a little something from ya...

I think I'll try and do a crop of Venus in a linocut. Printing is my first love that often goes neglected.

03-27-2009, 08:58 AM

Botticelli video

03-29-2009, 10:18 PM
June , thanks for sharing the video. Didn't realize some of those were done by Botticelli.
I haven't gotten very far with the lino cut but am still hoping to finish it by friday at the latest.

03-31-2009, 09:07 AM

All I managed so far is this crayon doodle of one of Botticelli's madonnas. Its on a scrap of paper around 4 by 5 ins maybe.:heart:

03-31-2009, 10:20 PM
nice sketch June. The warmth of color and expression makes me feel the security the little babe must have felt.
I'm still wanting to get a lino done for this challenge though have had alot of interferience of late.

03-31-2009, 10:47 PM
Very graceful image!

04-01-2009, 05:01 PM
I have copied my venus drawing to transfer on to linoleum..........I'm hoping I can get more done but will take a "parting of the waters".......

04-02-2009, 10:11 AM
Lovely serene face, June.

Printing was the first forum I went into here Azul, but never even got a monoprint done :crying: Well. life isn't over. Venus seems like a perfect image for a lino block. Hope you can find time to do it.

Here is a little piece of Primavera. I scanned it so the colors got a bit faded. I'm hinting around for a camera for my birthday :)


04-02-2009, 10:34 AM
Beautiful Flora, Trafford. She is very Spring-like and youthful. Love her flowers!

04-02-2009, 01:51 PM
I have posted mainly in Portraiture and Figure, but I found this thread very inviting.
June and Janet, you both succeeded in expressing the character very well.
I am exploring pen and ink techniques, and thought to try a rendering of Venus in Chinese ink (traditional nib pen and brush). I started it right 2 weeks ago, but it took much more time than I anticipated.


Actual size about 23 x 30 cm.

Thank you for looking.

04-02-2009, 03:41 PM
Very nice Arnoud. The hair is especially good. You are certainly on your way in pen, ink and brush.

04-02-2009, 04:48 PM
Beautiful detailed work, Arnoud. You've captured her otherworldliness.

04-02-2009, 05:45 PM
Janet, June,
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

04-03-2009, 12:52 AM

Great colour, Trafford , and a sweet , impish smile (.... if one is permitted to say that about a demi-goddess, that is;) )!


Admire your precision and applaud your persisitence in using this method... my son has done such work in the past, so I"m a bit familiar with the concentration it takes....
Your shadowing is very convincing, and you certainly have got her far away look, as well...!:thumbsup:

04-03-2009, 02:07 AM
Thank you, Chris, for your appreciation.


04-03-2009, 06:41 AM
Thank you June, Arnoud and WildGoose for the kind words on my girl. Found a blow up of the head of one of the ladies in "Primavera" and used that as a model. :heart:

04-03-2009, 09:21 PM
janet - that lady certainly IS covered with flowers......Lovely take on the subject

Arnoud - very good pen and ink work.. nice job on the shading and highlights of hair.

I haven't gotten much done on wetcanvas this week. But I have famaliarized myself somewhat with Botticelli and have a good start on a linocut.....which I will post when it gets done.

Thank each of you for posting your work here. Quite a pleasant visit.

04-04-2009, 02:02 AM
Thank you for your nice comments.

I look forward to seeing your lino interpretation.