Fortitude (1470) by Sandro Botticelli

Fortitude - Sandro Botticelli - c.1470

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TitleFortitude
ArtistSandro Botticelli
Datec.1470
MediumTempera on Panel
Dimensions167 x 87 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
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About Fortitude

Fortitude is a painting by Sandro Botticelli that dates back to 1470. This artwork can be found in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy. It was commissioned to embellish the Tribunal Hall of Piazza della Signoria in Florence. Fortitude is one of the four cardinal virtues that symbolize strength and perseverance in the pursuit of good. As a humanist painter of the Early Renaissance period, Botticelli created this painting in the prosperous society of the Medicis’ Florence.

Fortitude belongs to a group of seven panels representing Virtues. The other six were painted by Pietro Pollaiolo’s workshop. Although Botticelli is well-known for his mythological masterpieces, this artwork is less ornamental and more classical in style. The painting depicts a woman dressed in armor who represents the qualities of strength, resilience, and courage.

Another famous painting by Botticelli is La Primavera, which portrays Venus and other mythological figures.

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