Winter 2017 Issue

Venus in First

From Botetourt to Botticelli

By Betsy Moss

One of only two of Sandro Botticelli’s paintings of an isolated Venus will be on view for the first time in the United States, together with other Botticelli mythologies and portraits, in “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities,” a major international loan exhibition organized by William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art in its fourth partnership with Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi. The exhibition will open at the Muscarelle Museum on Feb. 11, 2017, and run through April 6. It will then travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as its only other venue.