DETAIL OF St. Augustine (1480) by Sandro Botticelli

DETAIL OF St. Augustine - Sandro Botticelli - c.1480

Artwork Information

TitleDETAIL OF St. Augustine
ArtistSandro Botticelli
Dimensions152 x 112 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationOgnissanti, Florence

About DETAIL OF St. Augustine

The artwork titled “DETAIL OF St. Augustine” is a fresco created by the famed artist Sandro Botticelli, dating back to approximately the year 1480. As a prime example of the Early Renaissance art movement, this religious painting resonates with the characteristic humanism of the period. The fresco, with dimensions of 152 x 112 cm, is currently located at Ognissanti in Florence, where it continues to attract attention for its historical and artistic value.

This particular fresco captures Saint Augustine in a moment of quiet study and contemplation. The work is an exemplary display of the detailed and nuanced approach to the presentation of human figures that characterized Botticelli’s style. Saint Augustine is depicted with a focused gaze, likely immersed in theological or philosophical thought, a testament to his role as one of the foundational thinkers in early Christian theology. The fresco presents a richly dressed Augustine seated at a desk, surrounded by books, instruments, and artifacts that signify his scholarly pursuits. The soft draperies of his robes reveal Botticelli’s mastery of rendering texture and fabric, while the saint’s expressive face reflects a mind deeply engaged in intellectual activity.

The background elements, including an armillary sphere and other geometrical instruments, underline the convergence of religious study with the scientific exploration of the universe—a theme prominently featured during the Renaissance. The depth, perspective, and use of color further enhance the lifelike quality of the scene, evoking a sense of real presence within a three-dimensional space. Overall, the fresco shows an elevation of the individual and the intellectual spirit, both hallmarks of Renaissance humanism.

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