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Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence. qxp 3/9/2009 4:33 PM Page 52 — Botticelli’s First Works — the Tower of Babel, Abraham and Sodom, Moses, and David and Solomon along the corridor of the monastery. What had Botticelli hoped to paint in Pisa, the Divine Comedy, which would come back to haunt the last dreams of his life? With what kind of terror he would have pierced the melancholy of Campo Santo! But Benozzo, at work alone in this solitude, threatened to overrun everything, from the tomb of Emperor Henry VII to the Triumph of Death.
One can date most of Raphael’s a wavering personality that often shirked his duties, an enigmatic, works with certainty. For Botticelli, however, a rigorous alluring figure, like the mysterious creatures that slither through historical catalogue is difficult to establish. Some paintings can the half-light of his paintings. be classified rather plausibly thanks to the events surrounding There is one particularity that casts another shadow over them. Only one bears the evidence of the year it was completed.
Of hymns. Benozzo Gozzoli’s angels at the Riccardi palace resemble The Virgin and Child with an Angel, known as the Virgin of youngsters receiving their first Communion at the holy table, the Innocenti (p. 44), sitting and showing her right profile, and kneeling, hands crossed over their chests, heads bowed, the Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist as a Child, kept enshrouded in gold. They are awaiting the altar bread while under at the Louvre (p. 11), already look more sophisticated due to the the vaults of the church the organ sighs: 0 salutaris!