Ottorino Respighi's 'Botticelli Triptych' Ottorino Respighi based his Botticelli Triptych on three famous paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli: Spring, Adoration of the Magi and Birth of Venus.
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Ottorino Respighi's 'Botticelli Triptych'

Ottorino Respighi's 'Botticelli Triptych'

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The Botticelli Triptych

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Ottorino Respighi's music has been described as "new old music." The composer often looked to Italian art and history for inspiration, incorporating the themes into his works.

His Botticelli Triptych brings to life three paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli. Michael Palmer leads the orchestra of the Bellingham Music Festival in Spring, Adoration of the Magi and Birth of Venus.