Florence artist Sandro Botticelli, the son of a hide tanner, was a bright student who was easily sidetracked in class.Fortunately, his early talent was recognized, and he was withdrawn from school and placed on an apprenticeship. Between 1478 and 1490, Sandro Botticelli the artist was at his most innovative.
Some speculate that he was out of employment at the end of his life when more scholarly, humanist artists gained popularity. Vasari claims that Botticelli was a slacker who wasted the money he earned previously.
Botticelli’s artwork reflected a growing awareness of anatomy and perspective but retained a decorative aspect not present in the art of the following High Renaissance artists, or for a long period of time afterward.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that his works were appreciated and revalued. Botticelli’s fame was overshadowed longer and more totally after his passing than just about any other prominent European painter.