View Full Version : Newly discovered painting by Botticelli dubbed "The Birth Of Lara"

06-10-05, 20:05
By Todd Leopold
October 1, 2005;

Experts in Rome said today they were convinced that a painting discovered in Germany is a previously unknown work by Italian master Sandro Botticelli.

The painting, being called The Birth of Lara, was found in the collection of the museum Kunsthalle Bremen museum in Germany and taken to the Botticelli Museum in Rome for evaluation.

Experts there said it was probably painted by Botticelli in 1470 or 1471, and differs from his style of the time.

"That is a period of Botticelli's work that we have little exact knowledge of. There are few pictures from that period," said museum official Alessandro Fracasinni.

The painting shows an image of a young woman with long chestnut hair emerging from a large sea shell surrounded by angels.

The new painting was found when the German gallery removed another known Botticelli painting from its frame, and found the new painting underneath the work on display. The new painting is currently on display at the Botticelli Museum in Rome.

"It's a very exciting discovery" said Alessandro Fracasinni, "although to be honest the young womans face reminds me very much of a computer game character my sons play!" he said with a laugh, obviosuly referring to the famous image of Lara Croft, a highy successful computer game character of recent years.

"We have put it up for auction and the last I heard was that a person called Joseph from The Netherlands is currently bidding $3,000,000"


(note strategically placed fig leaf)

(Detail from Botticelli's Birth Of Lara)

[ 07. October 2005, 08:37: Message edited by: Celephais ]

Mona Sax
06-10-05, 20:14
LOL! Very cool, and well done! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

06-10-05, 20:25
LOL nice Celephais http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Tomb Raider Master
06-10-05, 20:53
LOL! :D Very cool! :cool: http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

06-10-05, 20:56
How creative! It's very nice! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

06-10-05, 21:13
Thanks. Drawing the angels on the left was pretty hard though ;) Anyway I thought it might go well with Venice Violins playing.

07-10-05, 14:03
Very nice!, Made me laugh at the thought of Lara standing there like that.

07-10-05, 15:09
Uh, I hope nobody really thinks I actually painted most of that! It's simply an adapted version of a famous painting. I don't have that much time on my hands! ;)

[ 07. October 2005, 16:38: Message edited by: Celephais ]

07-10-05, 15:29
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/vlol.gif Nice http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif :D

07-10-05, 15:55
Ohh!!! Venus, you have to admit... Lara is more goddess than you wahahaha http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-2.gif

07-10-05, 19:48
All though this Boticelli work is admirable, and beautiful, with all the workout Lara does, I really doubt she'd have those hips.

07-10-05, 20:07
LOL! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

08-10-05, 05:44
LMAO Celephais! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/vlol.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/vlol.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/vlol.gif

10-10-05, 14:04
Sweet! I like it! :D

http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif


Laras Backpack
10-10-05, 17:04
Excellent! It's strange she's not wearing her holsters! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

10-10-05, 22:45
An art museum curator tells me he has other paintings of this Lara Croft.




[ 10. October 2005, 23:56: Message edited by: Celephais ]

10-10-05, 22:50
OMG this last one is the best!!!!

Good work!!

10-10-05, 23:02
But I didn't do them! They're all real!

Oh you're not easy to fool are you? ;) The second one I'm not sure about- I was trying for a washed out "Impressionist" effect, but it was a lot harder than I first thought. I'm not totally happy with the result.

11-10-05, 04:08
Last one http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

11-10-05, 07:49
The first two were pretty rubbish then? Be harsh!

[ 11. October 2005, 08:50: Message edited by: Celephais ]

11-10-05, 08:27
Oh,no,no,the first ones were not rubbish,Celephais!I love all of them.Great job http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

11-10-05, 10:32
Whatever happened to Mona Lara? :D

Barry Matharoo
11-10-05, 10:56
the third one is a real piece of art http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

11-10-05, 13:13
Good Lord it seemed the woman even featured in ancient Roman gladiatorial contests as this recently uncovered mosaic shows.


She was seemingly almost invincible according to eyewitness accounts and even headbutted Nero when he wouldn't give her his last Rolo.

[ 11. October 2005, 23:22: Message edited by: Celephais ]

11-10-05, 13:24
"Henry VIII and Lara The Foolhardy", Hans Holbein 1541


[ 12. October 2005, 23:46: Message edited by: Celephais ]

11-10-05, 16:03
Er...I'm using Paint Shop Pro 6 (demo version) I never read any instructions I just dove straight in and learned by a hands on approach. I haven't a clue what a "layer" is either. Is there a better way of doing it?

[ 11. October 2005, 17:44: Message edited by: Celephais ]

11-10-05, 18:33
Celephais, you can do more by working with layers in a picture. For example, you can paste several separate elements into an image and still manipulate any one of them at any time if you paste them as a layer instead of a selection. As you know, if you paste as a selection, and then 'let it go', or 'select none' on the image, the only way you can manipulate it again is by undoing. Read the program's help file on Layers and play about with them. You'll be happy you did.

Mona Sax
11-10-05, 18:58
LOL, they're all brilliant! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

11-10-05, 19:17
Thanks Neturu (and Mona!) it's just that I read someone talking about "wrapping" a skin over something else on the Jennifer Croft and Lara-Kate thread, and I was wondering if I was using an inferior graphics tool. (I don't have "Photoshop", just a demo version of Paint Shop Po 6 from an old PC Gamer disc.)

12-10-05, 19:34
LOL This is hilarious.

12-10-05, 20:50
Oh, Lara, always leaving your mark...

12-10-05, 22:29
LMAO http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/vlol.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/vlol.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/vlol.gif very clever

12-10-05, 22:43
Originally posted by Celephais:
"Henry VIII and Lara The Foolhardy", Hans Holbein 1541

http://www.zyworld.com/Celephais1/tudorsla2_3.jpg :D

[ 14. October 2005, 21:36: Message edited by: joseph ]

spix's circlet
14-10-05, 05:07
Amusing! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Are you an Art Historian/Student by any chance Celephais?

14-10-05, 12:43
Originally posted by spix's circlet:
Amusing! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Are you an Art Historian/Student by any chance Celephais? No, I was just bored ;)

I am an admirer of the Impressionist paintings though (Monet , Renoir etc).

14-10-05, 20:34
She's classy...


And sometimes not quite so classy...


[ 14. October 2005, 23:42: Message edited by: Celephais ]

14-10-05, 20:39
Very funny and well done. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif :D

(only you forgot the "r" in Coft)

14-10-05, 20:41
Just one little line... darn it...

14-10-05, 20:45
Okay fixed it. This little secret's just between you and me right? ;)

14-10-05, 22:34
LOL I didn't see a thing ;)