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Sandro Botticelli, born Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi. He was born in 1445 in the Ognissanti parish in Florence, where he was registered as Alessandro, the son of di Mariano dei Filipepi. One rather curious thing - his father was fifty years old, and his mother was forty - this was very old. This would pursue him through life, as Sandro Botticelli's health was always very fragile, and the doctors would opine that he was born too late to parents who were too old.

Botticelli decided to become a painter. He served an apprenticeship with Fra Filippo Lippi, the best Florentine painter of that time and perfected his art with Andrea Verrocchio, who created the bust of Lucrezia Donati. By 1470, he developed a highly personal style characterized by elegant execution, a sense of melancholy, and a strong emphasis on line - this impressed so many people, that he was commissioned to paint the famous Allegory of Fortitude.

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