Botticelli is rightfully one of the most prominent representatives of the Renaissance. The original style of the master was obtained from his teacher, who is largely determined solely in color, personal type of persons and attention to detail.
Using the example of “Self-portrait”, you can clearly see how the formation of your own style occurs. It becomes more powerful in terms of understanding not only graphics, but also volumes in general. Special attention should be paid specifically to work with energetic ocher shadows.
This technique is done in order to convey a natural flesh color, and subsequently, this becomes its characteristic feature. All these qualitative changes are manifested in this picture in a more pronounced form than in the previous ones.
Among other things, it should be noted how Botticelli began to capaciously and naturally convey reality in his canvases. His painting has become more narrative. Now here dynamics and expression are intertwined in the most successful way, together with complete clarity, which tell the viewer the full, and real drama of the plot.
You can also note the beginnings of the already begun change in the palette, moving gradually from their usual pale colors to more saturated ones.
When writing this picture, the main idea was dominated by the moment itself, which, according to the idea, was ideally selected. The game with ocher appears not only on the faces of the canvas, but also on the clothes of the protagonist of the canvas. Each fold of his robes is very qualitatively traced in relation to the play of shadows.
You can even see the ornament on the edge of clothing, which is often found on Roman and Greek clothes, thereby making it clear who is in front of us. The background, in turn, is saturated with pale tones in order to add even more color to the main character.
Picture by Rubens Perseus And Andromeda