St. Augustine (1480) by Sandro Botticelli

St. Augustine - Sandro Botticelli - c.1480

Artwork Information

TitleSt. Augustine
ArtistSandro Botticelli
Dimensions152 x 112 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationOgnissanti, Florence

About St. Augustine

The artwork “St. Augustine” was created by Sandro Botticelli around 1480 and is executed as a fresco. Belonging to the Early Renaissance art movement, it measures 152 by 112 centimeters. This religious painting is housed in Ognissanti, Florence. Its genre speaks to the common devotional themes explored during the period in which it was painted.

The artwork depicts St. Augustine in his study, a portrayal emphasizing his intellectual pursuits and religious devotion. He is seated, draped in a mantle that conveys a sense of volume and weight, characteristic of Botticelli’s skilled use of drapery to denote form. Augustine’s intense gaze is directed towards an unseen point, suggesting deep contemplation or divine inspiration. Surrounding him are symbols of learning and wisdom, including books, a quill, and an astrolabe, which reflect his scholarly endeavors and highlight the importance of introspection and study in Christian theology.

The fresco’s composition is anchored by architectural elements that create a sense of space and depth, a technique that Renaissance artists like Botticelli cultivated to bring a lifelike quality to their work. The color palette is subdued yet rich, drawing attention to the subject through contrasts and the careful application of hues. St. Augustine’s presence is both commanding and contemplative, capturing a moment of profound personal reflection that is both timeless and emblematic of Renaissance humanism.

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