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Botticelli Sandro Primavera Galleria degli Uffizi Florence Mark HardensArtchive By Mark Harden Available httpwwwartchivecomftpsitehtmlBotticellis masterpiece Primavera depicts a scene of slow moving grace in whatappears to be a mythical garden The actual subject of this masterpiece is unknown butthere are volumes of ideas concerning the purposes and meanings the painting could haveDespite the confusion the painting is widely admired and revered as Botticellis finestworks The scene appears to be a spring morning with a pale light penetrating the straightvertical trees in the background The trees appear to bear golden apples a possiblereference to the myth of Venus and the golden apple which seems feasible consideringVenus appears in the center of the painting underneath the great canopy provided by thetrees Golden apples are also the attribute of the Three Graces the handmaidens of Venusalso shown in this work Chloris the ancient Greek goddess of flowers is fleeing fromZephyr the west wind of springtime whom begets flowers on the right side of thepainting When Zephyr catches her in his embrace flowers spill from her lips and shetransforms into Flora the Roman goddess of flowers Flora is depicted separately fromChloris and is dressed in blossoms as she scatters flowers over the ground In the center isa dignified Venus with a promise of joy Above Venus is the infant Cupid blindfolded andaiming his arrows of love To the left the Three Graces dance in silent daydream of graceThey are separated from the other figures in time as indicated by their hair blowing in theopposite direction from Zephyrs gusts The figure on the extreme left is that of Mercurymessenger of the gods He provides a male counterpart to Zephyr Zephyr is breathinga wintry world while Mercury is diverting this expression to a more culturally acceptableform considering the context of the time period by opening the scene to the gods Thescene has a dream like quality The subject seems to be ambivalent the gentle yet strongcolors give the figures presence and
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