For as long as I can remember my love of classical art has gone hand in hand with a love of classical music. Understanding of one seems to heighten the understanding and appreciation of the other. Both art forms hold many of the same characteristics: form, color, texture, composition and not least of all, virtuosic craftsmanship. So in this installment of Artist of the Month I’m going to highlight two artists, from two different fields of art, separated by centuries, one inspired by the other.
The inspiration begins with three paintings of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). The three paintings are “Primavera (Spring)” (1482), "The Adoration of the Magi” (1500), and “The Birth of Venus” (1485)
Almost 500 years after Botticelli paints these images composer Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) creates the Botticelli Triptych or Trittico Botticelliano inspired by the three paintings in 1927. The emotion of joy and celebration in Respighi’s work truly captures the mood of the renaissance images. I hope that watching and listening to these works together will heighten your appreciation for both artists and help illustrate how similar the two art forms truly are.