Festive pack of ten beautiful cards, each with the same design featuring the painting, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child by Sandro Botticelli from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
Merry Christmas message inside with plenty room for your own additional messages and complete with white envelopes for each card. Printed in the United Kingdom on 330gsm FSC mix credit, silk finish card. 10 cards presented in compostable starch bag.
Botticelli's composition, inspired by the work of Filippo Lippi, is unusual in two respects: canvas paintings were still uncommon at this time and the Christ Child was rarely shown asleep, his suffering for Mankind symbolised by the plants and fruits. They also complement the beautiful rose bower which forms an 'enclosed garden', a symbol of the Virgin derived from the Old Testament Song of Solomon.
The Florentine painter Botticelli produced some of the most celebrated pictures of the Renaissance. His 'Primavera' ('Spring') and 'Birth of Venus' (both in the Uffizi, Florence) were painted for members of the powerful Medici family. His later paintings, are infused with an expressive intensity, influenced by the stern preaching of Savonarola.