You probably have heard the name Botticelli, when talking about Renaissance art? He was perhaps one of the greatest humanist painters of the Early Renaissance, yet much of his life and influences remain still a mystery today. His art represents the pinnacle of Florence's cultural flourishing under the Medicis, a society that encouraged the advance of art, philosophy, and literature. Throughout his career, he cultivated an aspiration for classical beauty, which he embodied through his paintings of the goddess Venus. The following blog post offers insight into the wide variety of subjects he painted over the course of his long career.