Sandro Botticelli, or more properly, Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi was born in the Ognissanti parish of Florence in 1445. His father was 50 at the time of his birth and his mother 40 and on registering the birth of Alessandro, his father also registered the birth of 3 other sons. Botticelli suffered ill health for much of his life, something his doctors attributed to the age of his parents. His brothers were all successful men, the eldest, Giovanni, would be a Florentine bank broker; the second, Antonio, would be a goldsmith; the third, Simone, would spend the greater part of his career in Naples with the Florentine Rucellai family in the cloth business with Spain. Most sources agree that Sandro was probably brought up by Antonio. The family was of the upper middle class and probably lived quite comfortably in 15th century Florence.|
Clementoni HistoryConsidering how Italy is well known and often associated with fine art and rich culture, it only makes sense that a well established Italian jigsaw puzzle manufacturer would be known for similar qualities. Clementoni produces puzzles with iconic paintings from many of the great masters as well as breathtaking photographs of land and cityscapes. In addition to creating a line of jigsaw puzzles with elegance and attention to detail, Clementoni also uses recycled and other earth-friendly materials in their commitment to the environment.