Saturday, April 5, 2014


We have on offer Sandro Botticelli and his beautiful painting Primavera, 1482. This divine offering to God, the gods and the goddess is to behold. Not only do we have Flora spreading the word of God with throwing flowers all over the ground but a veiled Cupid amongst the peach groves spreading the word of love. His small arrow of love usually nominated for Venus below him is directed at one of the three graces. We then have Mercury and like the chemical element his name is situated in is like quicksilver to the heart. The whole painting is about Platonic love and the song of love for God. This is complemented with the three graces dancing on a floral ground cover or flowers growing in the Spring lawn of the orchard. It is a divine painting for the goddess only to view as you feel with most of the Renaissance paintings on offer in Florence, divine goddess territory. We then have Chloris, a water nymph and the wind god Zephyrus, nicely attributed to in Ovid's love poetry, "As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses: I am Chloris, who am now called Flora." Almost the goddess within. The winged god of the winds would sometimes be nominated for another occasion in the garden. They are talking about divinity and the cycles of life, love and death. Then we have Venus to try and keep our little feet on earth with this fertility goddess nominating the rites of Spring.