Friday, March 15, 2013

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Pisanello, Portrait of Leonello d'Este, c. 1441, 
Accademia Carrara, Bergamo

Pisanello, Portrait of Princess Ginevra d'Este, 
c. 1435-1449, Louvre Museum, Paris

The garden theme seemed quite common as a subject amongst the artists of Padua and surrounds or those en route of their Christian pilgrimage. For example, Pisanello's paintings of the family d'Este who seem to be surrounded by flora and butterflies. The High Altar of Donatello also suggests a garden theme as well as the artists of Francesco Squarcione's workshop. This is evident in paintings of Botticelli in Florence and Settignano also seems influenced by this equation with God.

Sandro Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1482, 
Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, c. 1483-1486,
Uffizi Gallery, Florence