Fortitude (1470) by Sandro Botticelli

Fortitude - Sandro Botticelli - c.1470

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ArtistSandro Botticelli
MediumTempera on Panel
Dimensions167 x 87 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

About Fortitude

The artwork “Fortitude,” created by Sandro Botticelli around 1470, is a striking example of Early Renaissance allegorical painting. This tempera on panel masterpiece measures 167 by 87 centimeters and is part of the collection at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The piece powerfully encapsulates the spirit of its time, reflecting the values and artistic styles that characterized the Early Renaissance.

The artwork displays a female figure, representing the virtue of fortitude, which is one of the seven virtues in classical philosophy. She is seated gracefully, adorned in a richly decorated gown with flowing drapes of red and blue. The clothing and pose convey both elegance and strength. In her hands, she delicately holds a rod, which is a traditional symbol of fortitude, suggesting both stability and resilience. Her gaze is serene yet firm, emphasizing her embodiment of the virtue. The intricate architectural elements and ornate throne serve as a background, enhancing her nobility and the solemnity of the virtue she personifies. The detailed rendering of her attire and the throne’s texture exemplify Botticelli’s skill in capturing the complexity of both human figures and their surroundings. The artwork’s use of color, precise lines, and composition are evocative of the Early Renaissance’s interest in humanism and classical ideals, combining traditional Christian symbolism with a renewed interest in the human form and its emotive capabilities.

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