The Mystic Nativity (The Private Life Of A Christmas Masterpiece) - 2009 - 7/10
Well done documentary on Botticelli’s long hidden / forgotten painting of the birth of Jesus.
The composition is explained, as well as period events that influenced it.
Chief among those, the revolutionary preaching of Girolamo Savonarola.
One of Botticelli’s final works, he works with revolutionary new mediums, canvas and oils.
Then there is the history of the painting itself. How it came to be lost, then purchased for a song.
Informative, never dry, with enthusiastic presenters.
The above image is only the top portion.