Botticelli was one of the most coveted and talented artists of the Florentine Renassance. On behalf of powerful Medici family, he created a series of outstanding famous illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy. Free and unconventional in his imagery, Botticelli reveals the entire extent of his genius in his interpretation of the fantastic journey through hell, purgatory and paradise.
In the year 2000, for the first time, all ninety-two sheets of the cycle were exhibited. As a result, the filmmaker, McPherson, decided to turn this epochal masterpiece into the subject of a portrait. Together with other experts he leads us into the fascinating world of Botticelli, revealing its beauty as well as its abominable aspects.
Art Lives, from Arthaus, is a powerful and arresting series of documentaries on artists and art movements released for the first time on DVD in the English language.