Stunning new show at the V&A, Bottecelli Reimagined, is one to put in your diary. It is varied, colourful, lively and thought provoking. Split into three parts, you move from the modern section which looks at how Botticelli’s images have been reworked into material for gowns by Dolce & Gabbana, or inspired films. There are photographs by French artist ORLAN whose self-portrait is fused with that of Venus. There is also a René Magritte painting with it’s nod to Botticelli’s Venus.
Botticelli’s impact on Pre-Raphaelite’s is the theme of the middle section (pic above) with gorgeous works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin and Edward Burne-Jones and there seems to be a lot of copying here too, with the Birth of Venus replicated by both Edgar Degas and Gustave Moreau.
After all that there is more, there is the work of Sandro Botticelli himself, described by V&A Director Martin Roth as: “one of he greatest artists of the Renaissance and 500 year after his death his celebrated imagery has come full circle to represent a contemporary ideal of beauty.” The exhibition ends with Botticelli’s real and lovely Venus (pic, left) painted in the 1490s over 500 years ago, and still inspiring contemporary art.
Bottecelli Reimagined, at the V&A, Now – 3rd July, £15 or free if you are a member, tickets here … vam