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Botticelli, Alessandro (1447-1515), a celebrated painter of the Tuscan school, celebrated for the singular beauty of expression which he gave to his Madonnas and Venuses. He was a pupil of Lippo Lippi (q.v.), and in his latter years came under the powerful influence of Savonarola. Acting under this influence he destroyed many works which had for their subjects scenes from classical mythology. He died in great poverty at Florence in 1515.