Detail, The birth of Venus, c 1484, Tempera on wood.  Ufizzi Gallery Florence

Detail, Primavera, c 1482, Grease tempera on wood.  Ufizzi Gallery Florence

Portrait of a Youth with a Medal,
1470-5, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


This painting was transferred to the Uffizi in 1666 from ownership of Cardinal Carlo de' Medici. Art historians theorize that the sitter in the portrait was either linked to the Medici (the medal, coined in 1464, shows the profile of Cosimo the Elder Pater Patriae with the inscription MAGNUS COSMUS MEDICES PPP) or he was Antonio Filipepi, the goldsmith and medallist brother to Botticelli.

(Text adapted from Gloria Fossi, Uffizi Gallery: The Official Guide, all of the works, 1999)