The Girl with the Botticelli Eyes
This painting was inspired by one of the Madonna figures of Sandro Botticelli. The text from which it is formed was cut from a paperback thriller titled, The Girl with the Botticelli Eyes by Herbert Lieberman. As I began reading the book, I soon discovered that it was filled with graphic violence toward women. The author attempts to humanize a fictional, mass-murdering, psychotic antagonist, while simultaneously dehumanizing his female victims. I found the premise to be completely untenable, and decided that the best way to offset its negativity was to transform it into a work of art based on beauty and compassion.