Ghirlandaio: Giovanna Tournabuoni

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Domenico Ghirlandaio Portrait of Giovanna de’ Tornabuoni, 1489, Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum/h6> Giovanna is shown in stiff profile illuminated by a searching light. Her sumptuous costume and elaborate hairstyle as well as the few objects displayed in the minimalist background are realised with hard-edged clarity. The rigid profile was a favoured format for Florentine portraits of […]

Botticelli: Primavera

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Sandro Botticelli Primavera, Late 1470s or Early 1480s, Florence, Uffizi Gallery To enter a room in the Ufizzi and come face to face with this stunning painting is a momentous experience. Seeing reproductions in print and online doesn’t prepare you for its scale – over 2 metres in height and well over 3 metres in […]