The Easel

Botticelli: A Closer Look at Young Man Holding a Roundel

A Botticelli portrait is coming to market and will sell for gazillions. Sales promotion aside, it’s “linear simplicity, bold colors, human expression and religious reference” make it a Florentine Renaissance masterpiece. These features brought acclaim and were later taken up by da Vinci and others. Still, Renaissance Florence was a rough place and the death of his patron Lorenzo de’ Medici, meant decline for Botticelli’s fortunes and life.