Sandro Botticelli self portrait

Sandro Botticelli

Alessandro Filipepi was born in Florence in the quarter of Santa Maria Novella near the Arno river.

Alessandro’s father, Mariano Filipepi, was a tanner and was aided in his trade by his proximity to the Arno. In an income tax return dating to 1458, Mariano stated that he had 4 sons: Giovanni, Antonio, Simone and Alessandro (nicknamed Sandro).