Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
Botticelli faces. Lovely. Soft. Gentle, sweet faces. Different from the austere, strained, unapproachable faces of many Rennaissance subjects. Sandro Botticelli’s angelic visages are known so well that they are often referenced in popular culture. “Almost April,” a favorite period film, includes a scene where a visually impaired landlord likens a new tenant to a Botticelli Madonna hanging in his villa.
I never had a true appreciation for Botticelli’s signature look until my visit to the Uffizi. Yes, “Birth of Venus” is amazing in person, but for my money—give me the “Madonna of the Magnificat” — not just for the Madonna but all the angelic faces that surround her. Beautiful. Astonishing craft and visual poetry.