The Victoria and Albert Museum have today announced a major exhibition exploring the ways in which artists have responded to the legacy of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510).

Taking place at the museum from the 5th March to the 3rd July 2016, Botticelli Reimagined will bring together 150 works from all around the world.

Recognised as one of the greatest artists of all time, Botticelli’s images continue to influence art, design,fashion and film to this day. Although his work was appreciated during his lifetime, Botticelli was largely forgotten about for more than 300 years until it was rediscovered in the 19th century.

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Rebirth of Venus, 2009 by David LaChapelle, (c) David LaChapelle.

This brand new exhibition at the V&A is the first display in Britain since 1930 to concentrate on his work and how he continues to inspire and influence artists today. It will feature a wide variety of materials such as painting, fashion, sculpture and photography to show how artists have reinterpreted his work for a new generation of audiences.

Botticelli Reimagined will feature over fifty works by the artist himself, displayed along with work by William Morris, Andy Warhol, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Cindy Sherman.

Director of the the Victoria and Albert Museum, Martin Roth said: “Sandro Botticelli is one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance and five hundred years after his death his celebrated imagery has come full circle to represent a contemporary ideal of beauty.”

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Venus Dress: Look 15, Dolce Gabbana , SS Fashion show in Milan, 1993. Image credit: Catwalking.com
The exhibition will be divided into three main sections: Global, modern, contemporary; Rediscovery and Botticelli in his time.

Tickets (£15) will be going on sale next month and advance booking is to be highly recommended if you are planning on going.

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