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McGaharan 1 Jon McGaharan AP Art History Mrs Johnston 1 December 1999 Botticelli Sandro Primavera Galleria degli Uffizi Florence Mark Hardens Artchive By Mark Harden Available httpwwwartchivecomftpsitehtml Botticellis masterpiece Primavera depicts a scene of slow moving grace in what appears to be a mythical garden The actual subject of this masterpiece is unknown but there are volumes of ideas concerning the purposes and meanings the painting could have Despite the confusion the painting is widely admired and revered as Botticellis finest works The scene appears to be a spring morning with a pale light penetrating the straight vertical trees in the background The trees appear to bear golden apples a possible reference to the myth of Venus and the golden apple which seems feasible considering Venus appears in the center of the painting underneath the great canopy provided by the trees Golden apples are also the attribute of the Three Graces the handmaidens of Venus also shown in this work Chloris the ancient Greek goddess of flowers is fleeing from Zephyr the west wind of springtime whom begets flowers on the right side of the painting When Zephyr catches her in his embrace flowers spill from her lips and she transforms into Flora the Roman goddess of flowers Flora is depicted separately from Chloris and is dressed in blossoms as she scatters flowers over the ground In the center is a dignified Venus with a promise of joy Above Venus is the infant Cupid blindfolded and aiming his arrows of love To the left the Three Graces dance in silent daydream of grace They are separated from the other figures in time as indicated by their hair blowing in the opposite direction from Zephyrs gusts The figure on the extreme left is that of Mercury messenger of the gods He provides a male counterpart to Zephyr Zephyr is breathing love and warmth into McGaharan 2 a wintry world while Mercury is diverting this
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