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Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

Details of Botticelli's life are sparse, but we know that he became an apprentice when he was about fourteen years old, which would indicate that he received a fuller education than did other Renaissance artists. Vasari reported that he was initially trained as a goldsmith by his brother Antonio. Probably ....

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Puccini

Puccini

Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca on December 22nd 1858. The last four generations of his family dedicated their lives to music, both from the maternal and the paternal side. His birth house, at Corte San Lorenzo, beside San Michele square is ....

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Giotto

Giotto

Ambrogio Bondone, welll known as Giotto.

The probable date of birth of Giotto is the year 1267, born at Colle di Vespignano, in Mugello. This idea is derived from a report of the Florentine chronicler Antonio Pucci (aprox. 1348-1388), which places his death in 1337, at the age of seventy. Giotto ....

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Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca

The touching image of the Madonna del Parto was painted in just seven "working days" (presumably before 1465) by Piero della Francesca. She is distant as a heavenly vision and yet alive and real in her post-adolescent freshness. The fresco was planned to complete the back wall of the main altar in ....

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Galleria degli Uffizi

Galleria degli Uffizi

Work signed by Giorgio Vasari, by commission of Cosimo I from the Medici, the Gallery of Uffizi is a masterpiece itself. A project from the 1560 was to build a new seat of the Tuscan Grand Duchy administrative and judiciary offices ("uffizi") that connected the Ponte Vecchio to the new ....

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