(That's me in the centre.) Okay, that wasn't very funny.
And I shouldn't joke around when so important a decision as the Judgement of Paris is at hand.
I'm likely flyiing to Frankfurt in mid-January on business and I don't know very much about the city -- anyone have any tips?
One stop that I hope to make while I'm there is at Frankfurt's Städel Museum, which is currently mounting a significant exhibition of works by the great Renaissance Italian artist Sandro Botticelli. The photo above is of his version of "The Judgment of Paris."
According to the New York Times: "The show is, as Botticelli can be, uneven. It has some great works, including the large 'Annunciation' fresco painted originally for the hospital of San Martino alla Scala in Florence."
I do love depictions of the Annunciation, a favourite subject in the Renaissance!
Presumably, if the NY Times is to be believed, there will also be some less great pieces in the show. But given that it includes some 80 pieces by Botticelli and his workshop, there's likely some room for error!
Botticelli was based in Florence and painted during the so-called Golden Age when Lorenzo the Magnificent -- Lorenzo de’ Medici -- ruled the city.
This, from the museum's website: "The ideal beauty of his mythological figures and the elegant grace of his Virgin figures make his creations the epitome of Florentine painting....
"Initially trained as a goldsmith and then apprenticed to Fra Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, next to Verrocchio, Ghirlandaio, and the Pollaiuolo brothers, ranks among the most successful painters in Florence in the second half of the quattrocento," says the museum's website.
"Held in equally high esteem as both a panel and a fresco painter, Botticelli enjoyed a high standing beyond his native Florence and was thus one of the artists summoned to decorate the walls of the Sistine Chapel in Rome by Pope Sixtus IV in 1481."
I wish I was in Rome right now.....but a few hours with Botticelli should make me feel right at home!