The Easel

Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection @ the Courtauld Gallery

Botticelli’s illustrations of Dante’s poem The Divine Comedy were sold in the 1880’s to pay off gambling debts. Their return to London for the first time since the sale gives first hand evidence of the scale of Botticelli’s achievement. However, as he worked Gutenberg’s printing press foreshadowed an end to the “precious book” genre. An interview with the Courtauld Director is here.