Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes

In preparation for this exhibition, our conservators studied the Story of Lucretia in detail. One technology—infrared reflectography—revealed the "ghosts" of several figures lurking beneath the surface. Pull back the slider below to see for yourself!

Botticelli originally created a bigger army. He later changed his mind and painted over several soldiers, thinning the crowd. In doing this, Botticelli's adjustment opens up the composition to enhance the impression of the main square as a plausible space. 


Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes is on view February 14 - May 19, 2019 in Hostetter Gallery.

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Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes is supported in part by The Robert Lehman Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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