February 16, 2005

Primavera

I have an art history class every Monday and Wednesday at 3PM. We're learning about the Rennaissance right now. On Monday, we saw a slide of Botticelli's Primavera. And now I'm going to regurgitate what I learned about it... hopefully, this will help me for the test that's coming up. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about certain parts. You have to read the painting from right to left. The first figure on the right is a Zephyr (a god of wind or someone who represents wind). He is chasing a nymph whose name I forget. Because she's terrified of him, flowers and vines sprout from her mouth. I think she then turns into the figure next to her who is... Flora (?). Flora is spreading flowers, but mainly around the center figure, Venus. Next to Venus is the Three Graces. I think the three graces are supposed to stand for the attributes of a woman. The male figure next to them is Mercury. Mercury and Venus are the parents of Cupid, who is flying above Venus.


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Posted by at February 16, 2005 01:19 PM
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