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The successful artists of the Renaissance period were not sole practitioners. They organised workshops or studios of assistants and apprentices to maximise their output. They re-used  images and individual figures time and time again to meet demand. In short the successful artist was a business man; as much a successful entrepreneur as an artist. The extent of the artist as entrepreneur is very clear in the current exhibition of works by and after Sandro Botticelli, ‘Botticelli Reimagined’, now showing at the V&A.

The exhibition is both a collection of works by Botticelli and his workshop, and an exploration of the re-discovery of his work in the C19 and the emergence of…

Source: Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A – Just add pictures

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement.

Rossetti’s art was characterised by its sensuality and its medieval revivalism. His early poetry was influenced by John Keats. His later poetry was characterised by the complex interlinking of thought and feeling, especially in his sonnet sequence The House of Life. Poetry and image are closely entwined in Rossetti’s work; he frequently wrote sonnets to accompany his pictures, spanning from The Girlhood of Mary Virgin (1849) and Astarte Syriaca (1877)…

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