Drawings
by Sandro BOTTICELLI

"Botticelli drew frequently, to such an extent that artists went to considerable lengths after his death to follow his drawings. We have some in our (drawing) book which are executed with great skill and discernment." (Giorgio Vasari)

With the exception of Botticelli's Dante drawings, only a few have survived of the artist's many studies mentioned by Vasari in 1550. However, those which we do have, bear witness to the high quality of Botticelli's drawing skill. Their execution is remarkably detailed, and the artist made use of various techniques in order to render his work as effective as possible.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Study of two standing figures
c. 1475
Metal point on primed paper, white highlights, 165 x 100 mm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille

650*1007
True Color
146 Kb



Three Angels
1475-80
Pen with brown shading on pink prepared paper, 100 x 235 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

1162*500
True Color
69 Kb



Allegory of Abundance
1480-85
Pen, brown ink, brown wash over black chalk and pink tinted paper, 317 x 253 mm
British Museum, London

805*999
True Color
134 Kb



St John the Baptist
1480s
Pen with bistre on pink paper, 360 x 155 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

550*1268
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95 Kb



Pallas
c. 1490
Pen and bistre over black chalkon a pink ground, 220 x 140 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

600*971
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85 Kb



Angel
c. 1490
Chalk, traced with pen, washed and heightened with white, 266 x 165 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

650*968
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80 Kb



Adoration of the Child
c. 1495
Pen shaded with brown, white heeightening and pink wash, 161 x 258 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

1051*650
True Color
100 Kb




Summary of works by Botticelli
| early paintings | late paintings |
religious paintings | page 1 | page 2 |
| Cappella Sistina | San Barnaba | San Marco |
| allegories | Nastagio | scenic stories | portraits |
| drawings | illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy |