Sandro Botticelli – Portrait of a Young Woman (1480 – 1485)

A few weeks ago I was telling you about Simonetta Vespucci, the beauty of 15th century Florence, who is said to have been loved by Giuliano de’ Medici and painted, at least once, by Renaissance Italian artist Sandro Botticelli (1445 – 1510). After she died in 1476 just before turning 23, the Medici brothers and…

Giovanni Francesco Caroto – Red-headed Youth holding a Drawing (1515)

With a little bit of humor, today’s selection takes us back to the Renaissance where we meet with the Italian painter Giovanni Francesco Caroto (1480 – 1555).  Mostly overshadowed today by more prominent Renaissance masters, Caroto’s place in history is still celebrated for the richness of his colors and for having been the mentor of artist…