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About: Laura Horan
I'm a sophomore at UCLA. I'm interested in the ways that art is used both aesthetically and emotionally, especially within the context of Byzantium—where the relationship between religion and the medium is so strong. In my free time I enjoy reading, visiting museums, and spending time with my family.
Botticelli’sMystical Nativity was hidden for many centuries. Once found, it earned its name from both the unusual Nativity symbolism and Greek inscription at the top.
Boticelli believed he was living through the Tribulation, which is clear in the mysterious inscription:
This picture, at the end of the year 1500, in the troubles of Italy, I Alessandro, in the half-time after the time, painted, according to the eleventh chapter of Saint John, in the second woe of the Apocalypse, during the release of the devil
for three-and-a-half years; then he shall be bound in the twelfth chapter and we shall see [him buried] as in this picture.