National Geographic : 1940 Jul
A Master's Brush Portrays an Immortal Theme-Botticelli's "Adoration ofthe Magi" Botticelli, the name by which Alessandro Filipepi (1444-1510) is known to the world, means "Little Barrel." The artist, sonof apoor tanner, was cared for in his youth by an older brother who bore this nickname, but the youngster adopted it.Nervous, temperamental Botticelli became the great master of the Florentine epoch, painting some of his most celebrated works under the patronage ofLorenzo the Magnificent and a younger Lorenzo de' Medici. He was one of the brilliant galaxy of painters called to Rome to decorate the Sistine Chapel inthe Vatican. During his last years he became a mystic. This "Adoration" is one of the most highly prized worksinthe United States (Mellon Collection).