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1453

Apprenticeship

Andrea del Verrocchio studies with goldsmith Andrea Dei in Florence.

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Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488), aged 18: painter; sculptor

1470

17 years, 4 days later

Botticelli opens his own workshop.

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Botticelli (1445-1510), aged 25: painter; man; goldsmith

1478

July 5

on Friday

8 years, 6 months, 7 days later

The feast of San Giovanni was kept, not having been kept on the actual day, and perambulating shows went about, and there was a procession; the palio(1) was also run, and there were girandole and spiritegli and giganti(2) and many fine things, as if it had been the real day.

(1) The palio was actually the prize for which the races were so called were run, and consisted of a costly piece of drapery of velvet or silk, which was displayed at the winning-post. The famous palio of San Giovanni is mentioned by several historians as having taken place in the thirteenth century; the race was run from the Porta alla Croce to the Porta al Prato; and the prize was originally of scarlet velvet, and later of scarlet silk. (Trans.)

(2) The edifizi (shows mounted on carts) were platforms on wheels, upon which figures were placed, representing scriptural, mythological or other subjects, and sometimes short scenes were enacted. At the present time, on the day of San Giovanni, the band plays in the evening, mounted on a similar platform on wheels. (Trans.) Girandole were platforms covered with rockets and wheels of fire, which took the form of shops, houses, etc. Spiritegli were people on stilts, who admidst the dense crowd appeared to be walking in the air, over the heads of the rest, like spirits. Giganti were men with their feet bound to high stilts, who wore masks and were dressed up to appear like giants; they supported themselves on poles made to resemble walking-sticks (Vasari, Lives of the Painters). (Trans.)

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.

1480

1 year, 6 months later

Christopher Columbus makes his first big voyages. He sails between Portugal and Iceland.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 29: man

1491

11 years, 3 days later

Botticelli serves on a committee to decide upon a fa├žade for the Cathedral of Florence.

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Botticelli (1445-1510), aged 46: painter; man; goldsmith

1492

August

1 year, 7 months, 3 days later

Christopher Columbus sets sail with three ships, the Pinta, the Nina, and the Santa Maria. Columbus sails on the Santa Maria.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 41: man

1492

October

2 months, 1 day later

Christopher Columbus and his crew make landfall in America.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 41: man

1493

September

11 months, 5 days later

Christopher Columbus returns to the Americas looking for treasure but again he come home empty-handed. His brothers stay in America with a handful of colonists.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 42: man

1502

8 years, 4 months, 3 days later

The king of Spain agrees to fund Columbus one final voyage to America, but Colombus again fails to reach Asia.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 51: man

1502

September 18

on Thursday

8 months, 20 days later

Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica.

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The moon was a full moon that night.
Sunrise in Costa Rica was at 5:50 AM and sunset was at 5:57 PM.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 51: man

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1502

1502

November 7

on Friday

1 month, 20 days later

Columbus reaches the coast of Honduras and passes south to Panama.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.
Sunrise in Honduras was at 5:40 AM and sunset was at 5:47 PM.
Sunrise in Panama was at 5:40 AM and sunset was at 5:47 PM.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 51: man

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1502

1502

November 16

on Sunday

9 days later

Jacques Mesnil discovers a summary of a charge in the Florentine Archives for November 16, 1502, which reads simply "Botticelli keeps a boy", under an accusation of sodomy.

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The moon was a full moon that night.

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Botticelli (1445-1510), aged 57: painter; man; goldsmith

1504

1 year, 1 month, 16 days later

Botticelli is invited to join the committee appointed to decide where Michelangelo's David will be placed.

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Botticelli (1445-1510), aged 59: painter; man; goldsmith

1504

February 29

on Monday

1 month, 29 days later

Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse this night to convince Jamaican tribesmen to provide him with supplies.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 53: man

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1504

1504

November 7

on Monday

8 months, 12 days later

Christopher Columbus returns to Spain from his fourth voyage, during which he and his younger son, Ferdinand, explored the coast of Central America from Belize to Panama.

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The moon was a new moon that night.
Sunrise in Spain was at 5:40 AM and sunset was at 5:47 PM.
Sunrise in Panama was at 5:40 AM and sunset was at 5:47 PM.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), aged 53: man

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1504

1528

August 22

on Wednesday

23 years, 9 months, 24 days later

By a deliberation of the Signory, we are informed that the marble had been brought to Florence about three years earlier, and that Michelangelo now received instructions, couched in the highest terms of compliment, to proceed with a group of two figures until its accomplishment. If Vasari can be trusted, Michelangelo made numerous designs and models for the Cacus, but afterwards changed his mind, and thought that he would extract from the block a Samson triumphing over two prostrate Philistines. The evidence for this change of plan is not absolutely conclusive.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.
Sunrise in Florence was at 5:58 AM and sunset was at 6:05 PM.

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Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.281

1529

4 months, 12 days later

Giorgio Vasari visits Rome.

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1550

21 years, 5 days later

Giorgio Vasari publishes his 'Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects', the first book of art history scholarship. It features a prominent chapter on Michelangelo, who is still alive at this point.

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1850s

Late

300 years, 7 months, 14 days later

By now William Bouguereau has made strong connections with art dealers, particularly Paul Durand-Ruel (later the champion of the Impressionists), who helped clients buy paintings from artists who exhibited at the Salons.

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1876

25 years, 7 months, 10 days later

William Bouguereau becomes a Life Member of the French Academy.

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1885

9 years, 3 days later

William Bouguereau is awarded the Commander of the Legion of Honor and Grand Medal of Honor.

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William Bouguereau (1825-1905), aged 60: painter; draughtstman; man

1905

Spring

20 years, 4 days later

William Bouguereau's house and studio in Paris are burgled.

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William Bouguereau (1825-1905), aged 80: painter; draughtstman; man

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