They are characterized by Vasari as exemplifying "grace," and by John Ruskin as possessing linear rhythm. The quality of the scene was hailed by Vasari as one of Botticelli's pinnacles. The iconological program was the supremacy of the Papacy. Sandro's contribution was moderately successful. He returned to Florence , and "being of a sophistical turn of mind, he there wrote a commentary on a portion of Dante and illustrated the Inferno which he printed, spending much time over it, and this abstention from work led to serious disorders in his living.
In the mids Botticelli worked on a major fresco cycle with Perugino, Ghirlandaio, and Filippino Lippi, for Lorenzo the Magnificent's villa near Volterra; in addition he painted many frescoes in Florentine churches. In Botticelli served on a committee to decide upon a facade for the Florence Duomo. In he was accused of sodomy, though charges were later dropped. In he was a member of the committee appointed to decide where Michelangelo 's David would be placed. His later work, especially as seen in a series on the life of Saint Zenobius, witnessed a diminution of scale, expressively distorted figures, and a non-naturalistic use of color reminiscent of the work of Fra Angelico nearly a century earlier.
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In later life, Botticelli was one of Savonarola's followers, though the full extent of Savonarola's influence is uncertain. For this reason, persisting in his attachment to that party, and becoming a Piagnone  he abandoned his work.. In the "deepening of insight and expression in the rendering of Mary's physiognomy," Steinman discerns proof of Savonarola's influence over Botticelli. This means that the biographer needed to alter the dates of a number of Madonnas to substantiate his theory; specifically, they are dated ten years later than before.
Steinman disagrees with Vasari's assertion that Botticelli produced nothing after coming under the influence of Girolamo Savonarola. Steinman believes the spiritual and emotional Virgins rendered by Sandro follow directly from the teachings of the Dominican monk. Earlier, Botticelli had painted an Assumption of the Virgin for Matteo Palmieri in a chapel at San Pietro Maggiore in which, it was rumored, both the patron who dictated the iconic scheme and the painter who painted it, were guilty of unidentified heresy, a delicate requirement in such a subject.
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The heretical notions seem to be gnostic in character:. By the side door of San Piero Maggiore he did a panel for Matteo Palmieri, with a large number of figures representing the Assumption of Our Lady with zones of patriarchs, prophets, apostles, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, doctors, virgins, and the orders of angels, the whole from a design given to him by Matteo, who was a worthy and educated man. He executed this work with the greatest mastery and diligence, introducing the portraits of Matteo and his wife on their knees.
But although the great beauty of this work could find no other fault with it, said that Matteo and Sandro were guilty of grave heresy. Whether this be true or not, I cannot say. Giorgio Vasari.
This is a common misconception based on a mistake by Vasari. The painting referred to here, now in the National Gallery in London , is by the artist Botticini. Vasari confused their similar sounding names. Botticelli was already little employed in ; after his death his reputation was eclipsed longer and more thoroughly than that of any other major European artist.
His paintings remained in the churches and villas  for which they had been created, his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel upstaged by Michelangelo's. Walter Pater created a literary picture of Botticelli, who was then taken up by the Aesthetic movement. The first monograph on the artist was published in ; then, between and more books were written on Botticelli than any other painter.
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