Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Makes History With Sandro Botticelli Exhibit

Apr 16, 2019 197

BY: Chadd Scott

The endless attention given its worst day–the 1990 robbery which saw a pair of thieves disguised as police officers steal 13 works of art including those by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Manet and Degas, to this day the most expensive property theft in history–makes it easy to forget that the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston still exhibits great art. Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes, through May 19, returns the focus to what is on display at the museum instead of what is not.

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) was a Florentine painter and Renaissance contemporary of da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. His most famous work, The Birth of Venus, features an idealized, nude Venus standing in a seashell, her hands carefully positioned to provide the bare minimum of discretion. It remains one of the most instantly recognizable images in the history of Western art.

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