(full name Alessandro di Mariano Filipepe Botticelli)
was an Italian artist. Many of his paintings involve philosophical and allegorical meanings. He painted religious and mythological pictures in large scale. Botticelli was fascinated with patterns and often used them when painting different materials and hair. His paintings are a blend between the old decorative Gothic style and the new classical and humanist ideals of Renaissance.
Key artwork: The Birth of Venus, 1484