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Botticelli show features works never before seen in the US

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/13/2017 By TRACEE M. HERBAUGH, Associated Press
FILE- In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 file photo a person photographs a painting by Sandro Botticelli called 'Venus' during the press view for the V&A's spring exhibition Botticelli Reimagined, in London. A new exhibition of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli's paintings opens this weekend in Boston, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 file photo a person photographs a painting by Sandro Botticelli called 'Venus' during the press view for the V&A's spring exhibition Botticelli Reimagined, in London. A new exhibition of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli's paintings opens this weekend in Boston, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BOSTON (AP) — A new exhibition of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli's paintings opens this weekend in Boston.

In this Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 file photo people stand in front of the 'Venus' by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli during a news conference about the planned exhibition 'The Botticelli Renaissance' in Berlin. A new exhibition of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli's paintings opens this weekend in Boston, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) © The Associated Press In this Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 file photo people stand in front of the 'Venus' by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli during a news conference about the planned exhibition 'The Botticelli Renaissance' in Berlin. A new exhibition of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli's paintings opens this weekend in Boston, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

"Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts includes his life-size "Venus" — a masterpiece never before seen in the U.S.

In this Friday, June 5, 2015 file photo a person visits the Italian pavilion as Sandro Botticelli's mid 1480s painting of Birth of Venus is displayed on the walls at the Expo 2015 in Rho, near Milan, Italy. A new exhibition of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli's paintings opens this weekend in Boston, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press In this Friday, June 5, 2015 file photo a person visits the Italian pavilion as Sandro Botticelli's mid 1480s painting of Birth of Venus is displayed on the walls at the Expo 2015 in Rho, near Milan, Italy. A new exhibition of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli's paintings opens this weekend in Boston, "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Curator Frederick Ilchman likens the exhibition to taking a trip back to 15th-century Florence.

It features 24 paintings on loan from Italian museums, including the famed Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

The most celebrated piece is "Venus," a reworking of Botticelli's most famous painting "Birth of Venus." The wood panel painting completed around 1490 depicts the goddess of love wearing a sheer covering and knee-length auburn hair.

The show opens Saturday and runs through July 9.

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