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Portrait of Dante

Sandro Botticelli

Portrait of Dante

Sandro Botticelli
  • Original Title: Ritratto di Dante Alighieri
  • Date: c.1495
  • Style: Early Renaissance
  • Genre: portrait
  • Media: canvas, tempera
  • Dimensions: 54.7 x 47.5 cm
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The striking profile of the poet, which has been drawn over in black, clearly contrasts with the light background. In accordance with traditional depictions, Dante is wearing a red cloak and red cap above a white bonnet.
Botticelli was surely familiar with Domenico de Michelino's fresco of Dante in Florence Cathedral, as this was the first to show the poet with a laurel wreath on his head.

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