The Easel

Botticelli in Boston: MFA celebrates Florentine master

When the austere monk Savonarola ruled Florence he twice conducted ‘bonfires of the vanities’, destroying books and artworks. Botticelli likely burned some of his own works and largely stopped painting secular “goddesses”. Those that survive define a concept of beauty that ”speaks to us today more than 500 years later”. Indeed, they enjoyed that great modern accolade – being featured in The Simpsons. More images are here.

Image: MFA Boston